Both Rotterdam and Den Haag have received big boosts to their bids to be the host city for Eurovision 2020. The province both cities are in, Zuid-Holland, has said it will help both cities with their bid.
The provence of Zuid-Holland is now stepping in. The initiative to back Rotterdam and Den Haag came from a group of polical parties. The local departments of VVD, GroenLinks, CDA, PVDA en D66 have asked in the College of the Province if the provence will help in the bid.
— Rense Weide (@RenseWeide) May 18, 2019
The question was asked by Rense Weide. The College answered:
“The provincial college writes that it ‘sees space’ for cooperation between the two largest cities in the province. “This way viewers, and therefore potential tourists, get to see the beautiful sides of the whole of South Holland (Zuid-Holland). That way, the entire province can benefit from it,”.
Video impression of the provence of Zuid-Holland:
Possibly the announcement is a response to Noord Brabant’s promise of support to Breda and Den Bosch’s bids. Noord-Brabant has already said that they are in it to win it. This bid is a serious example of teamwork. They have made it clear that the Eurovision Song contest 2020 must come to their province and therefore everyone (also non bidding cities) has to step in. It’s also possible the province has eyes on Amsterdam, which has an advantage as the capital city.
Maastricht’s bid also has the full support of the province of Limburg.
The only cities being left a bit on their own are Arnhem, Amsterdam and Utrecht. Arnhem belongs to the provence of Gelderland. The College of the Provence of Gelderland has offered no help so far. The provence of Utrecht (city and province have the same name), has said it will help with ideas, but has made it clear it will not support financially. And the provence of Noord-Holland seems to be thinking Amsterdam can handle it on it’s own.
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