The organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest have officially decided that the 2023 competition will not take place in Ukraine.
Traditionally, last year’s Eurovision winners host the following year.
This year’s Eurovision was won by the Ukrainian entry Kalush Orchestra. However, the country’s ongoing war with Russia has made hosting the event in Ukraine too dangerous.
In a statement released on Thursday (June 23), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said it had carried out a “full evaluation and feasibility study” and concluded that the “safety and operational guarantees” required for hosting are required for the event cannot be fulfilled .
“The EBU fully understands the disappointment at the announcement that the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 (ESC) cannot be held in Ukraine, this year’s winning country,” the statement said.
“The decision was guided by the EBU’s responsibility to ensure that conditions are in place to ensure the safety of everyone working and attending the event, planning of which must begin immediately in the host country.”
It continued: “At least 10,000 people are normally accredited to work on or at the Eurovision Song Contest, including crew, staff and journalists. Another 30,000 fans from all over the world are expected to attend the event. Your well-being is important to us.”
The competition rules state that in the event of force majeure, such as B. an ongoing war, can be postponed.
“In response to the EBU’s security questionnaire, a number of risks were identified that would affect the immediate planning of such a large event, including the ‘serious’ risk of airstrikes/attacks by aircraft or attacks by drones or missiles causing significant casualties were highlighted by the Ukrainian rating provided to us,” the statement added.
“In addition, the EBU brought in third-party security experts who clearly stated that the proposed countermeasures to mitigate the threats planning the event in Ukraine were insufficient for an international public event and risk assessment of an event with mass casualties due to the ongoing conflict is high’.”
It was also stressed that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine resulted in delegations and participants “refusing” to travel to the country.
“We also noted statements by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that the war in Ukraine ‘could last for years,'” it said.
While the new location has yet to be officially announced, many are expecting the location to move to the UK, which took second place in this year’s competition.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/eurovision-2023-ukraine-uk-b2107944.html Eurovision organizers rule Ukraine will not be able to host 2023 ceremony due to ‘high’ security risks