ITALY – There seems to be confusion over Trieste’s candidacy to host the event. Trieste is also among the 17 candidate cities to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy. We learn from the columns of Il Piccolo that the candidacy has caused some problems in the municipal administration.
It seems that the candidacy sent with a certified e-mail to RAI did not have the approval of the councilor for major events of the city of Trieste. Francesca De Santis, the councilor, confirms that there had been an initial interest and contact with RAI for more details on the requirements.
Trieste, however, does not have a building of the appropriate size, being able to have only the Allianz Arena which has 6,000 seats.
Francesca De Santis said:
Learning that the necessary requirements were not there, I decided not to do anything. A municipal manager, however, informed me on July 13 that the application had been sent the night before.
In a very polemical tone, the councilor points the finger at the deputy mayor Paolo Polidori, guilty of having signed the letter of interest “only because the mayor was out of office”.
From sources within the municipality of Trieste, it appears instead that the mayor Roberto Dipiazza did not sign because the requirements for candidacy did not exist.
The controversy then reached the local press and city council, where the director of the PD Giovanni Barbo had also presented a question in recent days.
The question that saw a ping-pong between councilors Giorgio Rossi (Culture) and Serena Tonel (Economic activities). The last specified that “it was just an expression of interest”.
It is even more evident how much this rebound between councilors hides their lack of knowledge of Eurovision or of understanding of the text (the RAI call). Or a clever electoral / tourist move.
What seems clear is that Trieste will never host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.