Valeriy Tsybukh, Ambassador of Ukraine to Greece

Ukraine is on the right track for Euro 2012

The decision made by the UEFA Executive Committee on April 18, 2007, that awarded Ukraine and Poland with the right to host the European football championship on their territory, became a milestone in the history of both European football as well as football of two Eastern European nations. This is the first precedent in the history of the UEFA, when the organization of the European championship of national football teams was placed upon Eastern European nations. I would like to use this opportunity to confirm my strong belief in the capability of our two good-neighborly countries to organize the final tournament of the European Football Championship 2012 in due form.
Taking into consideration the vast scale of the European football championship, held under the auspices of the UEFA in the 4 by 4 format (four cities in Ukraine and four in Poland), and the huge impact that it might have on the Ukrainian social life, great efforts are being made by the Government of Ukraine on the satisfactory realization of the projects specially developed for the preparations of this event.
First of all, the government of Ukraine has created a leading government body, comprising of, the Committee on preparation and conducting of the UEFA EURO 2012 headed by Victor Yushchenko, the President of Ukraine, and the Coordination Bureau on Preparation of EURO 2012. Moreover 17 national coordinators, former deputy ministers from various spheres have been appointed to assist the organization of EURO 2012 in the following directions: transportation, construction and reconstruction of sport objects, hotels, hostels, airports and highways, financial and legal support, etc.
To improve the coordination in regards to Ukraine's preparation for the championship, the consolidation of efforts, as well as the exchange of experience, knowledge and ideas between Ukraine and Poland has taken place. The neighboring countries have created inter-governmental work groups, to deal with the following matters: Borders and customs cooperation, Coordination of security for EURO 2012,
introduction of new international lines of communication, coordination in medical services, cooperation in the sphere of economic and investments, as well as in the sphere of PR, image forming and commercials. In addition, the groups, which deal with creation of friendly athletic competitions are organizing joint football matches, exchange of youth and volunteers, cooperates in the spheres of telecommunication, tourism and recreation.
We realize that renovation of the transport infrastructure, construction of new hotels, modernization of airports, preparation of new stadiums are some of the basic components of holding successful championship.
In this view, the National Special-Purpose Program on preparation and conduction of a final tournament of EURO 2012 in Ukraine was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on February 22, 2008. The general budget of the Program is estimated around 16.85 billion euros, of which 2.85 billion euros - from the state budget and 1.65 billion euros - from the local budgets, 12.35- from other sources (investors, private funds etc.). The Program contains 21 tasks, based on the UEFA requirements and corresponding government guarantees aiming to improve further development of regional airports, modern highways and providing high-quality services according to the European standards.
At the moment, a great number of sport and social infrastructure projects are being carried out. First and foremost we shall name reconstruction and construction of 6 big stadiums, 13 airports, 47 electric substations, 38 medical centers, as well as construction of 4204 km of roads, bridges and different types public transportation.
The significant amount of the aforementioned changes made up of projects with participation of foreign investors. It is worth noting that some of well-known Geek companies, such as Piraeus Bank Group, Prenecon and Aktor, have also expressed their interest in investing in Ukraine, in construction of toll highways, construction of metro in Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk, construction of the European railroad from Ukraine's- Polish border to the city of Lviv, wind energy parks, etc.
We strongly believe that other Greek companies that already have experience in the sphere of construction the objects for Athens Olympic Games 2004 will also actively participate in development of the infrastructure for the preparation of EURO 2012.
For EURO 2012 Ukraine is taking new steps towards potential investors. Investing in projects for the 2012 Championship means that one is provided with the possibility of attaining government guarantees for separate projects and the simplification of licensing procedures. The projects related to the construction of new hotels will be granted with the possibility to not pay taxes and duties.
Ukraine's preparation for the European championship is a normal process that does not have any problems and there are no doubts that all projects for EURO 2012 will be completed in conformity with the European standards, on time and in due form. Michele Platini, the President of the UEFA and the director of EURO 2012 have repeatedly confirmed the above stated. The current level of preparation for the European championship will allow us to successfully deal with such an uneasy task, both in a quality and quantity perspective.
Apart from this, I am solely convinced that the organization of this tournament will become a catalyst for the further progress of Ukraine's tourism sphere and infrastructure, as well as the development of football in all of its aspects. This event will definitely provide great opportunity for all fans and tourists around the world to visit our wonderful country, and I hope all visitors will be fully satisfied and receive positive impressions from both the football championship and the beauty that the Ukrainian land has to offer.




- ΙΩΣΗΦ ΙΩΣΗΦ, Πρέσβυς της Κύπρου στην Ελλάδα

- Δρ. ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΛΥΡΑΣ, Επίτ. Πρόξενος της Βραζιλίας στην Ελλάδα

- VOLODYMYR SHKUROV, Ambassador of Ukraine to the Hellenic Republic
- MACIEJ KRYCH, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland


- ΑΛΕΞΑΝΤΕΡ ΧΟΜΕΝΚΟ, Διευθυντής Ρωσικού Πολιτιστικού και Επιστημονικού Κέντρου

- ΠΑΥΛΟΣ ΓΕΡΟΥΛΑΝΟΣ, Υπουργός Πολιτισμού και Τουρισμού

- ΑΙΚΑΤΕΡΙΝΗ ΤΖΙΤΖΙΚΩΣΤΑ,  Πρόεδρος της Ελληνικής Εθνικής Επιτροπής για την UNESCO
- TOM NORRING,  Ambassador of Denmark in Greece

- ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΛΥΡΑΣ, Ιατρός Πλαστικός Χειρουργός, Επίτιμος Πρόξενος της Βραζιλίας στην Ελλάδα

- Ε. ΚΟΖΑΚΟΥ-ΜΑΡΚΟΥΛΗ, Υπουργός Εξωτερικών της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας

- ΑΝΝΑ ΖΩΗΡΟΥ, Σύμβουλος ΛΑΟΣ σε θέματα Οικονομικών & Διεθνών Σχέσεων

- ΠΑΡΗ ΡΑΠΤΗ ΛΥΡΑ, Ιατρός Ενδοκρινολόγος - Διαβητολόγος

- ΠΕΤΡΟΣ ΛΕΩΤΣΑΚΟΣ,  Δημοσιογράφος, τραπεζικός συνάκτης

- ΝΙΚΟΣ Γ. ΣΥΚΑΣ, Σύμβουλος Στρατηγικής & Επικοινωνίας


- ΣΤΑΥΡΟΣ. ΛΑΜΠΡΙΝΙΔΗΣ, Υπουργός Εξωτερικών - Ομιλία στο ΥΠΕΞ στις 28/7/2011
- SVERRE STUB, Ambassador of Norway
- MEHDI HONARDOOST, Ambassador of Iran

- DRAGAN ZUPANJEVAC, Ambassador of Serbia

- VOLODYMYR SHKUROV, Ambassador of Ukraine

STEPHEN G. MILLER, Επίτιμος Καθηγητής του Πανεπιστημίου Berkley, Καλιφόρνια, ΗΠA

- ΝΤΕΪΒΙΝΤ  ΛΑΝΤΣΜΑΝ, Πρέσβυς της Μ. Βρετανίας στην Ελλάδα

- ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΜΩΡΑΪΤΗΣ, Εκδότης του περιοδικού "Politistiki Diplomatia"

- ΠΑΝΟΣ ΠΑΝΑΓΙΩΤΟΥ, Χρηματιστηριακός τεχνικός αναλυτής διευθυντής GSTA/ EKTA

- ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΜΩΡΑΪΤΗΣ Εκδότης του περιοδικού 'Politistiki Diplomatia'
ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ ΚΥΡΙΑΖΟΓΛΟΥ, CICA, M.S, B.A(Honours),  Σύμβουλος  Πληροφορικής και Συγγραφέας

- JOZSEF TOTH, Ambassador of Hungary 


- JAN VODERADSKY, Ambassador of Slovakia
- MANDISA DONA MARASHA, Ambassador of South Africa    

- ΙΕΡΟΘΕΟΣ ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ, Εκπρόσωπος της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής στην Ελλάδα

- ΝΙΚΟΣ ΧΑΡΔΑΛΙΑΣ, Δήμαρχος Βύρωνα
- MΕHDI HONARDOOST,  Αmbassador of Iran to Grecce

- ΧΑΪΔΕΥΤΟΣ ΚΟΜΝΗΝΟΣ, Πρόεδρος της Ομοσπονδίας Ελληνικών Κοινοτήτων Σουηδίας

- VILI SHEFKI MINAROLLI, Αmbassador of Albania to Greece
- ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΜΩΡΑΪΤΗΣ, Εκδότης του περιοδικού 'Politistiki Diplomatia'
- SINE RIISAGER, The Danish Institute

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ΚΩΣΤΑΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ, Πρόεδρος Ομοσπονδίας Γερμανικών Κοινοτήτων - Ταμίας ΣΑΕ

- ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΣ ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ, Αναλυτής, ΜΑ σε Διεθνείς Σχέσεις

- ΓΙΩΡΓΟΣ ΑΜΠΑΤΖΗΣ, Πρόξενος της Γερμανίας στην Πάτρα

- ΜΑΡΙΝΑ ΔΟΥΛΑΜΗ, Επίτιμος Προξένος της Γαλλίας στην Αλεξανδρούπολη

- EUSEBI AYENSA, Instituto Cervantes de Atenas

- CAPOCCI, Προέδρος του Ελληνο-Ιταλικού Επιμελητηρίου


- ΕΥΔΟΞΙΑ ΠΑΝΤΑ, Πρόεδρος Ομοσπονδίας Ελλήνων Βελγίου

- ΗΡΑ ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ, Director of Cultural Affairs of the Hellenic American Union

- VALERIY TSYBUCKΗ, Ambassador of Ukraine to Greece

- HAKAN MALMQVIST, Ambassador of Sweden to Greece


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- ΠΟΛΥ ΒΛΑΧΟΥ, Διευθύντρια Πολιτιστικού Οργανισμού Ηλιούπολης
- ΝΙΚΟΣ ΧΑΡΔΑΛΙΑΣ, Δήμαρχος Βύρωνα