Back in June Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence told news channel 1Limburg that he wants Eurovision to take place in Rotterdam. But if a new report from AD.nl is to be believed, then the EBU does not share his point of view.
Citing unnamed sources with connections in Hilversum — the hub of broadcasting in the country — the web site reports that Maastricht is the EBU’s preferred candidate.
It’s true the city has a lot going for it — even if it lacks the momentum with fans of Rotterdam. Maastricht is known for its world-renowned university and stunning medieval architecture. But also for being the site of the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, which led to the creation of the European Union and the euro. This connection is one reason the EBU reportedly wants the song contest to take place there. At a time folks say Europe is ripping at its seams, and with the UK ready to depart the European Union, it would surely send a strong message of togetherness.
On Friday the city’s mayor Annemarie Pennte told AD.nl that “we are the most European city in the Netherlands.” It’s true geographically — the city borders Belgium and isn’t far from Germany — and also culturally, with the three countries sharing a deep history and with their various languages spilling over borders.
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It's a wrap. Het bidbook is af. Wat ons betreft komt het Eurovisie Songfestival thuis in Maastricht! Gouverneur @theo_bovens en ik kunnen niet wachten om het resultaat van Maastricht en Limburg te presenteren :-). Tot woensdag @omroep.avrotros , @nos en #NPO!#EurovisionSongContest2020 @gemeente.maastricht @provincielimburg Limburg #MECCMaastricht #Maastricht
Maastricht is very keen to host — as you can tell from the Insta video above.
“It’s a wrap,” the mayor writes. “The bidbook is finished. As far as we are concerned, the Eurovision Song Contest is coming home to Maastricht! Governor Theo Bovens and I cannot wait to present the result of Maastricht and Limburg.”
But the Maastricht train took off well before then. On May 21 it revealed its intent in a press release uploaded to the web site of the Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre.
At the time the mayor of Maastricht said:
“It goes without saying that as the most European city in the Netherlands, Maastricht is putting itself forward as a candidate to host the Song Contest. MECC Maastricht has repeatedly demonstrated its abilities as an excellent organiser of major international events. Thanks to its renowned hospitality and location in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion, with Belgium and Germany literally just around the corner, Maastricht is the ideal city to represent the Netherlands and proudly welcome artists and fans from all over the world in 2020.”
Rob van de Wiel, General Director of MECC Maastricht, said:
“We have everything we need to facilitate a production like Eurovision, and Maastricht has sufficient lodging capacity and an excellent international reputation. Maastricht is the perfect fit for the Eurovision Song Contest; after all, the city is located in the heart of Europe. We’re only a few kilometres away from Germany and Belgium. I sincerely believe that the event will be held in our city for this very reason. I’m already even having dreams about it.”
As 1Limburg reports, MECC’s general director has already made sure 3,000 hotel rooms in and around the city will be available in the event it secures hosting duties.
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