EBU members have voted today, against changing the criteria for membership of the European Broadcasting Union.
Today the European Broadcasting Union saw a vote that would have seen changing membership rules that would have removed the need for members to be part of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The secret vote was called by Cyprus, Greece, Serbia and Spain. In the end, 400 members voted for the change, 673 against and a further 133 abstained.
The lack of a rule change means that RTK, the Kosovan broadcaster, remains ineligible to be a full member of the EBU. This means that under the current rules, Kosovo will not be able to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Currently Kosovo is not a recognised nation according to the UN, and is as a result unable to be a member of the International Telecommunication Union. Until it becomes a member of the UN, the current EBU rules mean it is unable to become a member.
Kosovo’s only chance of participating in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, is if it is invited to take part by the EBU and the contests Steering Group. This has occurred before, when Kosovo participated in Eurovision Young Dancers 2011 in Oslo, Norway.