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EBU: Belgrade preparations continue as planned

23 February 2008 at 01:28 CET

After escalations during yesterday's protests in Belgrade, following Kosovo's declaration of independence, media have speculated that the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest would be moved to another country.

 Official statement

The European Broadcasting Union has of course closely been  following the recent development in Serbia and has been in close  contact with the organizers of Host Broadcaster RTS. We concluded that  the recent irregularities in Belgrade will not cause any delays in the  planning of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, or complications during  the event in May. The EBU has no plans to move the 53rd  Eurovision Song Contest from Belgrade. Having complete understanding  for all the concerns, RTS will obtain a security guarantee from the  government of Serbia regarding a complete and absolute safety of all  participants and visitors of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in  Belgrade.


  The EBU is giving its full   support and trust to RTS in producing a successful Eurovision Song   Contest in   May.    



   Bjørn Erichsen, Director of Eurovision TV

Svante   Stockselius, Eurovision Song Contest Executive   Supervisor

          European Broadcasting Union

Earlier today, 2008 Eurovision Song Contest Executive Producer Sandra Šuša (RTS) stated to media that the preparations for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade are not in danger.

The two Semi-Finals of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 20th and 22nd of May, the Final on the 24th of May.