As the countdown clock to the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is ticking in Kyiv, preparations are in full swing for next May’s event when thousands of Eurovision fans will land in the majestic Ukrainian capital. The Mayor of Kyiv Mr. Vitali Klitschko has said that Kyiv is fulfilling all its obligations regarding the preparations for the 2o17 Eurovision Song Contest in the city.
The Mayor of Kyiv Mr.Vitali Klitschko has been holding many meetings along with NTU (Ukrainian national broadcaster), the City of Kyiv State Administration and the 2017 Eurovision Organizing Committee throughout the week in order to organize the contest on the highest level.
Mr. Klitschko says:
Everything depends on the city, this is our area of responsibility. We will work on the area around the main location of the Eurovision Song Contest. We will make improvements so that both the Eurovision guests and Kyiv residents will be satisfied with the level of Eurovision. We will fulfill all our obligations regarding the preparations for the forthcoming 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
The Mayor of Kyiv said that the city budget has allocated 50 million UAH to prepare for the competition, another 150 million UAH will be allocated from the budget next year.
These funds are an investment for the future of Kyiv, which will contribute for the development of the city’s infrastructure, because when the competition is over the repaired roads, new infrastructure facilities, recreation areas and public spaces will remain in Kyiv. Unfortunately we don’t have much time for training. However, I am confident that we can handle and hold Eurovision at the highest level.
Earlier this week Mr. Klitschko, NTU and City of Kyiv State Administration held meetings and visited the 2017 Eurovision venue. A special press conference was held last Monday in order to inform to update the media and public about the latest developments regarding the 2017 Eurovision preparations.
The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 9, 11 and 13 May at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine.