The vote at the EBU General Assembly, held in Oslo, was just completed. Changes in the statute that would help Kosovo joining the union have not been accepted, and so they will have to wait more time to make their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The proposed statute changes were not accepted
The changes to the statutes that were promoted by a number of countries and for which we had informed you in our previous article, were not accepted by the majority of the members of the EBU.
The basic change, which was photographic and aimed at entering Kosovo into the EBU, was the abolition of membership of the International Telecommunication Union as a prerequisite for the admission of a public broadcaster to the EBU.
Kosovo as a non-UN member can not acquire the status of an international telecommunication association and therefore can not become a member of the EBU.
The result of the vote
Before the start of the vote, 17 countries, including Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Serbia called for a secret vote on the issue. The request was accepted and the vote that followed for the changes to the Articles of EBU’s statutes was secret.
Finally, of 1186 voters, 673 voted NO and 400 YES, while 113 abstained.
Kosovo can’t take part in EBU’s events
This puts an end to the chaos that almost every year exists and wants Kosovo to make its maiden appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest. The only solution to the existing data for Kosovo’s entry into the EBU is the definitive resolution of its problems with Serbia and its subsequent membership in the UN.