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Latvian Parliament Rejects Proposal to Redirect Eurovision Funds to Sports

June 26, 2024


The Latvian Saeima recently voted against a proposal to reallocate funds intended for the Eurovision Song Contest to support sports initiatives. The initiative, led by Kristaps Bogdanovičs, argued that the resources could be better utilized to enhance Latvia’s sports infrastructure and support athletes.

Bogdanovičs highlighted the financial struggles faced by sports federations, contrasting this with the perceived limited benefits of participating in Eurovision. However, opponents of the proposal, including representatives from Latvian Television and the Latvian Music Development Association, emphasized Eurovision’s cultural significance and its role in promoting Latvia internationally.

Credit: EBU, Corinne Cumming

Jana Semjonova, director of the LTV Program Division, and other critics of the proposal stressed that music and sports should not be pitted against each other. They pointed out that Eurovision attracts substantial viewership, bolstering Latvia’s cultural image. Furthermore, they argued that the initiative could not be legally implemented since public media organizations manage their own budgets independently.

The proposal was ultimately rejected, with 32 deputies voting for it, 24 against, and 31 abstaining.


What are your thoughts on the Latvian Saeima’s decision to keep Eurovision funding intact? Should funds be redirected to support sports? Share your opinions in the comments below!

Source: TVNET.

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