Romania: TVR’s budget will be used to cover debts for EBU immediately

by Gil Laufer 38 views6

The Romanian broadcaster TVR is set to pay its debt of 17 million CHF (15,3 million Euro) in time for broadcasting the Summer Olympics of 2016 that will be held this summer. On 20 April, TVR’s EBU membership was suspended and therefore the country did not participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The Romanian Parliament is discussing the introduction of a change to the national law, in a way that TVR will be able to use its own yearly budget in order to cover such debts. TVR is going to use parts of its current yearly budget to cover the debt, without additions from the state budget by the Romanian Parliament. In this way, TVR’s access to sport, entertainment and other programs of the EBU network will be secured.

The current law, introduced in 1994, allows TVR to mainly use its state budget for covering the purchase of equipment and spare parts for radio and television as well as using transmitters, radio relays and video and sound circuits.

The debt is set to be paid shortly as the Summer Olympics are set to kick off on 5 August, with the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifications in Europe to begin on 4 September. It means that Romania will be an active EBU member prior to the participation confirmation deadline, and will be eligible to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest of 2017.

Romania was supposed to be represented in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest by Ovidiu Anton, after winning both the jury and public votes in Selecția Națională 2016 with the song Moment of Silence.

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  • MarioVision

    It was really unfortunate that ROMANIA was kicked out from Stockholm’s EuroVision
    with such way only few weeks before the live shows of May..
    I might wasn’t fan of Ovidiu’s song but I still didn’t agree for this scenario to happen..
    I even found it weird & messed up that Romania had to suffer this..

    I hope that they will manage to cover their big financial debt & return to EuroVision next year..
    ROMANIA is from the countries that I expect to win in EuroVision
    soon in the next 10 years.

  • MarioVision

    I hope that DORU TODORUT <3 will represent Romania in EuroVision
    in the years to come, or even next year.. :)
    His beautiful song ''The Voice'' was my #1 favorite song in the romanian NF
    & from the best songs in the whole esc 2016 season <3

  • MarioVision

    And also I hope that we will see dear LUMINITA ANGHEL <3
    representing her country for 2nd time in EuroVision after 2005 :)
    She is of course from the most anticipated artists to make a comeback <3

  • MarioVision

    Their national team will be present in the EURO that will start in few days on Friday.
    ROMANIA is one of the 24 european countries that qualified to compete in the tournament.
    I hope that they will do good & will qualify to the next ~16~ or to progress even further.
    Romania is on the A Group & will play on the first match of Euro in 3 days
    facing the host country France.
    They will also play against Switzerland & Albania.
    Wishing good luck to them. :)

  • MarioVision

    In my Euro Prediction Game I have put ROMANIA to finish 3rd in their Group
    & to still get the qualification to the next ~16~ teams of the tournament.
    In the phase of -16- they will gonna face ENGLAND so I have them eliminated sadly..
    Because if they were more lucky they could/can definitely qualify to the ~8~ QuarterFinals :)

    This player Razvan Rat is the Captain of the romanian national team
    & is from the best european players.
    He had played 4 my country’s / town’s team PAOK from 2014 til 2015. :)

  • MarioVision

    What a hot babe this romanian player is <3 His name is Florin Andone. :)