Eurofans are counting the days until NTU finally reveals the Eurovision 2017 host city later this month. And in recent days officials inside Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers have been busy counting euros and hryvnia as they decide their budget for the contest.
Well the counting is done. On August 8 the Ministry revealed it has allocated 450 million hryvnia, or around €15 million, to put on next year’s spectacle of song.
The director of the National Television Company of Ukraine Zurab Alasania said:
“The European Broadcasting Union, which holds the rights to this contest, has sent the financial guarantees already and [agreed to] the number of €15 million.”
In May, just days after Jamala’s victory at Eurovision 2016, Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture estimated that the contest would cost them at least 14.5 million euros to host, a figure similar to Stockholm’s budget for the event.
At that time — and speaking on a political talk show — Minister of Culture Yevhen Nyshchuk said that additional support was likely to come from elsewhere.
“These are usually sponsors’ funds from different media companies, sponsors. This happens almost every time,” he said.
He also sought to put people at ease over concerns about the expense and Ukraine’s ability to cover it.
“I had a working visit [to Sweden] at the invitation of the Swedish culture minister amid Eurovision in 2016, therefore I witnessed Jamala’s great victory. Prior to that, I met with media moguls who had been organizing that unbelievably high tech show. They said that in fact they were making money. People’s concerns and Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk’s anxiety about earnings and expenditures are natural.”
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