Eurovision, most likely, will not be held in Ukraine

Eurovision, most likely, will not be held in Ukraine

Eurovision will most likely not be held in Ukraine

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Hold the song contest “Eurovision-2023” is impossible in Ukraine.

As UNN reports, this is stated by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

“The EBU fully understands the disappointment caused by the announcement that the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 cannot be held in Ukraine, this year's winning country,” the statement said.

“The EBU has regretted the decision to move the event to another country and will continue discussions on finding an appropriate venue for Eurovision in next year. We are pleased to continue working with our Ukrainian member UA:PBC on all these issues,” the statement added.

The European Broadcasting Union listed why it is impossible to host Eurovision 2023 in Ukraine.

< p>“The decision was dictated by the EBU's obligation to ensure that conditions are met to ensure the safety and security of all workers and participants in the event, planning for which must begin immediately in the host country,” the statement said.

They indicate that usually at least 10,000 people are accredited to work at the competition, including a film crew, employees and journalists. An additional 30,000 fans from around the world are expected to attend the event. "Their welfare– our main concern,” the EBU emphasized.

“Therefore, it is very important that the decisions that are made on such a complex live television event are made by broadcast professionals and do not become politicized,” added to the statement.

The Eurovision rules, which all broadcasters agree to, “clearly state that the event may be rescheduled in force majeure situations such as an ongoing war”, noted in the European Language Union.

“In response to EBU Safety Questionnaire a range of risks that could affect the immediate planning of such a major event, including “major” the risk of air raids/attacks from aircraft or attacks using drones or missiles, which could cause significant casualties, was determined in the Ukrainian assessment provided to us,” the statement said.

In addition, as noted, the EBU sought advice from an external security expert, which “clearly stated that the countermeasures proposed to mitigate threats when planning an event in Ukraine were insufficient for an international public event, and the risk assessment of a mass casualty event because of the ongoing conflict “high”. “In addition to security concerns, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine makes delegations and participants reluctant to travel to the country. We also noted comments by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that the war in Ukraine “could last for years,” the statement said.

“Regarding the possibility of holding a contest in the border area

strong> near a neighboring country, the technical characteristics of the proposed venues and the lack of necessary surrounding infrastructure do not meet the requirements of Eurovision,” the EBU noted.

In drawing conclusions, the EBU also noted that, based on According to their information, “during 2023 Ukraine is not visited by large international concert tours.”

“All this contributes to the overall assessment of the EBU that, in terms of security and operational guarantees, the necessary the hosting requirements set out in the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest are not met,” the European Broadcasting Union noted.

And that “taking all this into account”, the EBU and took re decision to postpone the event.

Prepared by: Nina Petrovich