Ukraine and Poland will undoubtedly tackle such a challenge as preparations for and hosting the finals of the UEFA EURO 2012 European Football Championship, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said in an interview with the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, according to UKRINFORM.

“Over the past two-and-a-half years, I had no doubt that Ukraine and Poland will tackle this challenge,” the presidential press service quoted Yushchenko as saying.

He said that none of the countries had faced such problems, particularly with infrastructure development, over the whole period of hosting football championships, however, in his opinion, the holding of UEFA EURO 2012 is a generator putting in action reforms and the modernization of many sectors.

“I have no doubt that a final positive decision will soon be formally taken, and we, along with our Polish friends, will show how the two big European Slavonic nations could host the European championship at a high level,” Yushchenko said.

He said that this is not only a sporting event for Ukraine, but also part of its Euro-integration policies. Yushchenko said that it had been wise for UEFA to take a decision to host the championship in Ukraine. “It is one of the elements of our integration with Europe,” Yushchenko said.

Ukraine and Poland earlier won the UEFA tender to stage the EURO 2012 European Football Championship.

On May 13, 2009, the UEFA chose Kyiv and provisionally Donetsk, Lviv and Kharkiv as Ukrainian host cities for UEFA EURO 2012.


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