UKRAINE – Another scandal hits the Ukrainian national broadcaster. As if it was not enough that UA:PBC is dealing with the fight to get back the 15 million Euro guarantee from the EBU and the 200,000 Euros fine for the delayed organisation plans and the Russian crisis, now local media claim that there was a “problem” with the budget.
Detector Media, a Ukrainian press dealing with scandals of the current political regime in the country reports that 300,000 Euros are missing from the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 budget.
The State Audit Office of Ukraine has reported that over 364,000 Euros from the Eurovision 2017 budget was lost to fraud and financial irregularities. This is due to a fraud with various contracts for services provided. Also money lost for irregularities.
Procedure problem with the tenders for the contracts were also noticed buy the State Audit Office as contracts were awarded to companies who didn’t fit the criteria such as the company who took over the metal detectors at the venue. In this tender although the cheapest offer was 1.2 million UAH the company that won the bid was one with an offer of 1.5 million UAH.
State Audit Office files and investigation has been forwarded to the authorities for further actions (although many speculate nothing will happen in the end).