The awards are a continuation of the on-going regional EU Investigative Journalism Award in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
The project partners involved all have extensive expertise in the field of media freedom and have been recognised locally and internationally as strong independent media organisations.
The jury for the EU Award comprises media experts, some of them from the project consortia. Others are drawn from the extensive network projects that the consortium members have, such as editors, members of academia and journalists with merits.
The money for the awards is 10,000 euros per country per year, gross. The first prize will be 5,000 euros, the second, 3,000 euros, and the third, 2,000 euros.
Partners responsible for organising and implementing the EU Award are the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers in Macedonia, SSNM, the Center for Investigative Journalism in Montenegro, CIN CG, BIRN Albania, BIRN Serbia and the BIRN Hub.
The awards will be given annually in all six Western Balkan countries and Turkey.