Bosnia and Herzegovina may be excluded from the list of participants of Eurovision Song Contest 2010

Bosnia and Herzegovina may be excluded from the list of participants of Eurovision Song Contest 2010
# 19 February 2010 21:32 (UTC +04:00)
According to the statement issued by EBU Director General Ingrid Deltenre BHRT is facing severe debt of towards the EBU. Currently BHRT’s debts to the EBU total the equivalent of nearly 2.9 million Swiss francs. "Such a level of debt would not be tolerated by the EBU or BHRT’s fellow EBU Members under normal circumstances, and it is only the very difficult situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina that has made us so patient" is said in the statement.

Unless at least CHF 250,000 are paid by 30 April, PBS BHRT will be barred from taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Furthermore, unless a further CHF 500,000 is paid by 15 June BHRT will be denied access to other EBU and Eurovision services, including the signal of this summer’s World Cup football competition from South Africa. The full balance of the debt is payable by 31 December. EBU has appealed to Parliamentaries of Bosnia and Herzegovina to help solve this issue and other issues that may lead to Bosnia-Herzegovina being completely excluded from interactive broadcasting communication with the rest of Europe by 2012 as soon as possible.

"Membership of the EBU confers duties, as well as the right to assistance", is said in the statement. The EBU is willing to help address the problems in question, including through the Special Assistance Project for Members in need. However, already in the spirit of solidarity, the EBU generously wrote off all the debts from the period of the war, and a large part of further debts accrued before 2002. "Such measures cannot and will not be repeated", firmly says EBU Director General though noting that "We are prepared to resolve the problem of the current debt in part through a long-term rescheduling. However, we have received no valid proposal so far".
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