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Iceland Going to Eurovision, Despite Strike

Ongoing strike action looked as though it could put Iceland’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest in jeopardy this year—but a solution has now been found.

The lawyers’ strike at the capital region district commissioner’s office left a gap in the required controls and supervision, but now a representative of PricewaterhouseCoopers has been appointed to the role and Iceland can enter the competition as planned.

RÚV’s Eurovision chief, Hera Björk Ólafsdóttir told Vísir that the broadcaster had been jointly searching for a solution alongside song contest organizers. Several options were open to them, but the final result was to use PwC, which is an international auditing company and already works for Eurovision. Its role in Iceland for Eurovision will be in auditing and monitoring, as well as approving the judging panel and rubber stamping the results they come up with.

Public sector legal experts at the district commissioner’s office have always performed these tasks before; meaning that their strike put Iceland’s entry in peril.

Hera Björk insists she had never feared the worst and is happy that a solution has finally been found. Now she can go and concentrate on other matters, she says.

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