Volodymyr Shkurov, Ambassador of Ukraine to the Hellenic Republic



2012 UEFA European Football

Championship - EURO 2012



As obviously the readers of "Politistiki Diplomatia" know, the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship will be hosted by Ukraine and Poland between 8 June and 1 July 2012. Commonly referred to as EURO 2012, it will be the 14th European Championship for national football teams sanctioned by UEFA. It is the first time that either nation has hosted the tournament. This bid was chosen by UEFA's Executive Committee in 2007. The sixteen finalists who will participate in the final tournament are: Poland and Ukraine, as co hosts, defending champion Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, France, Czech Republic and Ireland
The 2012 European Football Championship ' the exceptionally important international sport event ' serves as proof of Ukraine's integrity with Europe and will open Ukraine to the world and the European community in a new way.
The success of EURO 2012 is based on a Ukrainian-Polish partnership. The two friendly neighboring countries have been working together for more than 4 years based on the "Two Countries ' One Tournament" formula. The competition slogan, Creating History Together (Ukrainian: Творимо історію разом / Tvorymo istoriyu razom), reflects the fact that Poland and Ukraine were united in the past as one country and now represent ambitions of two eastern nations to perform the best tournament in the history of European Championship.
Ukraine is practically ready for the start of EURO 2012. Four stadiums and four new international airports with three new runways, dozens of hotels, as well as the infrastructure, were built or reconstructed in Ukraine in compliance with UEFA requirements.
It is my pleasure to stress that the four EURO 2012 arenas in Ukraine have implemented the highest security, and have fully satisfied UEFA requirements in terms of the number of seats and arena infrastructure adjustments for persons with physical handicaps and are 100% ready to hold EURO 2012 matches. The Ukraine's arenas of EURO 2012 for the Championship are some of the most modern in all of Europe. These are: the Kyiv based National Sports Complex "Olympic" (capacity for EURO 2012: 60,000 seats); the Lviv based stadium "Arena Lviv" (33,400 seats), the Donetsk based stadium "Donbass Arena" (50,000 seats), the Kharkiv based stadium "Metalist" (30,000 seats).
For the convenience of fans going to visit Ukraine for EURO 2012, on the eve of and during the tournament, the Ukrainian national currency, the hryvnia, will be on sale in exchange offices at major European airports. Furthermore, to accommodate foreign fans, all procedures at Ukrainian border crossings will be simplified for the period of Euro 2012.
Although it is anticipated that aviation to be the preferred means of transportation, everything is being done in Ukraine to improve communication in and among EURO cities. By Euro 2012 Ukraine will launch high-speed trains between host cities to provide EURO 2012 guests and fans with comfort during their travels.
One of the main tasks of EURO 2012 is to encourage guests of the tournament to come back to Ukraine even after the games are over. This is not just an issue of the country's image. EURO 2012 will be the first time that many fans will have been acquainted with Ukraine. The State Tourism and Resorts Agency of Ukraine estimates approximately one million people to visit Ukraine during EURO 2012. We also expect growth of international tourist flow to Ukraine of some 30-40 % in 2012 compared to 2011, which means approximately two million tourists.
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.
I would like to emphasize one's again that Ukraine has made a lot for successful organization of Euro-2012 and I believe that this football holiday will increase a number of real friends of our country.



- 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





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