The City Council of Vienna have approved a €8.89 million budget for the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Vienna.
The Austrian Government has approved the budget requested for the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on the first session after summer break. The €8.89 million, which was green-lighted by the City of Vienna, will be used to pay for the adaptation and use of the Wiener Stadthalle including rental of the venue, personnel, power and cleaning according to the requirements of the European Broadcasting Union.
After what happened in Copenhagen when the approved budget was exceeded by €10 million, Alexander Wrabetz, ORF General Director, stated that the risk of surpassing the requested budget is in the past; With the Wiener Stadthalle, this is not the case.
Even when the preparations for Europe’s favourite TV show seem to be taking shape, Isabella Leeb, culture spokesperson for the Social Democratic Party, criticized the fact the there’s no contract signed between the City of Vienna and the ORF to held the contest in the Austrian capital.
The Diamond Jubilee of the Eurovision Song Contest will be held on the 19, 21 and 23 May at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria.