As examples of best European practice, foreign fans and teams staying in Ukraine for the Euro-2012 football championship will be accompanied by foreign police delegations.
UEFA President Michel Platini is convinced that the European Football Championship to be held in Poland and Ukraine later this year will be conducted in the conditions of a great football feast.
In Ukraine there are enough rooms to accommodate fans at affordable prices. The director of the Local Organizing Committee EURO 2012 Ukraine, Markiyan Lubkivskyi, stated this during a press conference on 26 January. According to him, our country takes into account the fact that 80% of fans who will come for the matches will be looking for lower category budget accommodation.
A notable event happened during the match between Ukraine and Germany to visiting team national forward Mario Gómez. The player from Bayern went out to the field with the captain’s band within the Bundesliga. The fact itself would have been ordinary, if there were no one “but”: the forward does not act as a captain even in for his club side, and here he is captain of the national team!
The eighth and final UEFA EURO 2012 venue was unveiled on Sunday as thousands of people attended a music festival to celebrate the opening of the National Stadium Warsaw.
“If there were no preparations for the football Euro-2012, Ukraine would not have experienced for a long time the ‘hotel boom’ witnessed by us in 2011-12, especially in tournament host cities,” the Deputy Head of the Euro-2012 National Agency (Ukreuroinfraproekt) Valeriy Zhaldak has said in exclusive comments to the Information Centre Ukraine-2012.
Up to 20 per cent of all places in accommodation facilities contracted by travel agencies for Euro-2012 fans have been already reserved, and 80 per cent of places are still available. Information about the lack of availability of accommodation facilities, along with dozen-fold overpricing, is not true, Markiyan Lubkivskyi said at a news conference in Kyiv.
On 25 January 2012 Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Borys Kolesnikov met with the intellectuals of the city and gave the city 500,000 hryvnyas for preparing cultural events for Euro-2012. According to the Vice Premier, Ukrainian culture deserves world-class museums.
The first test operation of the new terminal at Lviv International Airport took place on 26 January. During testing the main stages of passenger movement in the terminal were worked on in compliance with all stages of registration.
Despite the fact that it is presently difficult to calculate precisely to hryvnyas the economic effect of hosting Euro-2012 in Ukraine, the championship is undoubtedly a profitable project, the head of the Local Organizing Committee, Markiyan Lubkivskyi, has said in an interview with ForUm.