I have the honor to report great news. Kyiv will host the Euro 2012 finals.

I welcome the decision of UEFA, which confirmed Donetsk, Lviv and Kharkiv would host the UEFA Euro 2012 Cup matches and Kyiv as the city of finals.

Euro 2012 is our national project; it is our pride and our honor. Imaginations of millions of Ukrainians were captured by the idea; this idea is beyond politics, it is a national priority.

stadium Olympiysky (Kyiv)

Today is the day of our common great victory, the victory of whole of Ukraine. With dignity we have completed this path, together with our Polish and European partners, all the way from April 2007, when we received the right to host Euro 2012, until this day, when Poland and Ukraine were confirmed to host the championship.

I would like to express special gratitude to Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Ivan Vasyunyk, leadership of the Football Federation of Ukraine headed by Grygoriy Surkis, all the concerned Government officials, the officials responsible for the tremendous work done, which allowed us to realize our dream to host Euro-2012.

stadium in Donetsk

I congratulate the Mayors of cities, which are to host the championship matches. I am sure that you would continue preparatory work and do everything to provide holding Euro 2012 at the highest level.

I congratulate our Polish partners. Solidarity and mutual support helped us to achieve a common goal. This is another manifestation of Ukrainian-Polish friendship and partnership.

stadium in Kharkiv

I confirm invitation to guests from all over Europe and the world to come to Ukraine for Euro 2012.

I have no doubt that all preparations would be completed on time and properly, and that the European championship will be a real, major sports event for all of us.


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