The Mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, has said that her city does not want a ferocious battle to host the Eurovision Song Contest next year. The mayor does not want her city to stand in the way of others seeking to win the favour of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
A split city council
Mayor Halsema answered questions during the city council meeting last week. During that meeting, several parties asked questions about the Eurovision Song Contest. Not all of the coalition parties in the Dutch capital agree that Amsterdam should put in a bid. D66, the democrats, hope that Mayor Halsema will put in a bid, to which the mayor responded by saying she does not want a fierce battle to bring the contest to the city.
Meanwhile the Socialist Party, also part of the Amsterdam coalition, are proposing the contest to go elsewhere. They follow the national tourist board advice, who recently released a statement to suggest a city other than Amsterdam should host the contest next year.
We would be thrilled to organise the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, but we will not stand in the way of other cities. We can take a lot, but we’re a responsible capital. That means we need to avoid a battle of prestige. We will handle it with class.Mayor Femke Halsema during the city council meeting of 29th May