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Flags policy will be reviewed by EBU for the Eurovision 2025

Flags policy will be reviewed by EBU for the Eurovision 2025 Picture credits: © EBU / Andres Putting

Flags were also a source of controversy during the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024. The ban on European Union flags at the Malmö Arena during the final was harshly criticized by the institution itself.

The Vice President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, told Politico that it was a “mind-blowing” decision. Meanwhile, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has already responded, promising changes to the flag policy for 2025.

In a statement quoted by The Independent, the organizing entity of the ESC justified what happened and informed that changes will be considered: “As in previous years such as 2023, SVT’s policy was to allow the flags of the participating countries and the rainbow flags. There has never been an express ban on the EU flag in the written policy. Due to heightened geopolitical tensions, the flag policy was more rigorously enforced by security at this year’s event. We will look again at the flag policy for 2025 in conjunction with our new host broadcaster”.

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