EBU: Belgrade preparations continue as planned23 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.
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.