Ukraine has expressed disappointment at the moment when it is allowed to host Eurovision 2023 but the European Broadcasting Union stands firm.
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The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has stated it will not back down from its decision to move the 2023 European Song Contest from Ukraine, although the country has expressed disappointment.
Ukraine had hoped they would host the event next year after the Kalush Orchestra beat UK’s Sam Ryder to win the competition after they won most of the public vote.
The EBU has now responded to Ukraine’s frustrations, including criticism from the country’s Minister of Culture and the head of state television.
In a statement, the EBU said: “The decision was guided by the EBU’s responsibility to ensure conditions are met to ensure the safety and security of everyone working and participating in the event. .
“At least 10,000 people are generally recognized to participate in or at the Eurovision Song Contest, including crew, staff and journalists.
“More than 30,000 fans are expected to attend the event from around the world. Their welfare is our top concern.
“It is therefore important that decisions made regarding such a complex live broadcast event are made by broadcasting professionals and are not politicized.”
The statement also refers to the official Eurovision rules, which state that the contest can be moved “in a situation of force majeure”, in which Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would be.
The EBU said it had been consulted by security consultants, who told them the risk of a mass casualty event was “high” due to the ongoing conflict.
They also quoted NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who said the war “could last many years”.
The statement added: “Regarding the possibility of holding the Competition in a border location close to a neighboring country, the specifications of the proposed venues and the lack of surrounding infrastructure necessary, does not meet the requirements of the ESC.
“In drawing up its conclusions, the EBU also noted that, based on our current information, no major international tour will visit Ukraine during the course of 2023.
“All of this contributes to the EBU’s overall assessment that in terms of security and operational assurance, the requirements necessary for the bid, as set forth in the Eurovision Song Contest Rules, are not met. .
“Unfortunately, the EBU has made the decision to move the event to another country and will continue to discuss finding a suitable venue for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
“We are pleased to engage further with our Member Ukraine UA: PBC on all these issues.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed his support for Ukraine to host the contest next year but it is highly likely that the UK, who finished second, will now be given the chance to host.
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