It’s been three weeks since Eurovision 2020 was cancelled due to the outbreak of coronavirus across much of the world. Now, Rotterdam’s mayor and aldermen have announced that the cost of the cancellation of Eurovision 2020 is not covered by the insurance that the Dutch city had in place.
While Rotterdam is still keen to host the contest again next year, this has major financial and organisational consequences for the city. Hosting the contest in 2021 will cost the municipality of Rotterdam an extra 6.7 million euros.
No insurance for the cancellation of Eurovision 2020
The damage incurred by the municipality of Rotterdam through the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest is not covered by the insurance the city had in place. This also applies to the insurance policies of Ahoy Arena and the production of Eurovision Village. The mayor and aldermen announced this to the Rotterdam city council on Wednesday.
Should Rotterdam host the contest in 2021, this will cost the municipality 6.7 million euros. That amount is in addition to the 15 million euros that the city of Rotterdam has already spent on the organisation of the 2020 edition.
Will the city of Rotterdam cover the costs incurred?
The Rotterdam college has asked the Rotterdam city council to provide this additional 6.7 million euros. The money will go towards the rental and security of host venue Ahoy Arena, city dressing and setting up the Eurovision village. These costs cannot be recovered from the insurance.
During the upcoming council meeting that will take place on April 23, it will be decided whether the municipality of Rotterdam wants to make this amount of money available.
Who will host Eurovision 2021?
According to the city council, all organising broadcasters – NPO, NOS and AVROTROS – once again support Rotterdam as the choice of host city For Eurovision 2021.
Alderman Said Kasmi explains: “If Rotterdam is a host city of Eurovision 2021, the costs already incurred – we had entered the final phase of the preparations – would not have been in vain.”
For the time being, we will have to wait and see what decision is made by the Rotterdam city council on 23 April. Additionally, there must also be a green light from broadcaster NPO. They must provide a budget for the organisation of Eurovision 2021. If the city of Rotterdam and NPO agree on the budget, Eurovision will take place in Rotterdam in 2021.
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