Ukraine Leaps Forward 30 Years - UEFA President
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Ukraine Leaps Forward 30 Years - UEFA President PR Newswire KYIV, Ukraine, June 7, 2012 KYIV, Ukraine, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In preparations for EURO 2012 Ukraine leaped forward 30 years in its development, said UEFA President Michel

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Ukraine Leaps Forward 30 Years - UEFAPresident PR Newswire KYIV, Ukraine, June 7, 2012
KYIV, Ukraine,June 7, 2012/PRNewswire/ --In preparations forEURO 2012Ukraine leaped forward 30 years in its development, saidUEFA President Michel Platini. During the press conference at the National Stadium inWarsaw, Poland, Platinialso noted that despite numerous problems, especially the impact of the global financial crisis, both countries haveachieved a high level of readiness for the continental football championship. A ccordingto the head of European football, previously, bothPolandandUkrainelacked experience of conducting large scale-events. Nevertheless, both countries have completed the preparations forEURO 2012with the support of European experts and their own efforts. "PolandandUkraineare holding the European Football Championship for the first time. They had a lot to build from scratch and many problems to solve during the crisis." In conclusion, Platini mentioned that the tournament became a real impulse for the development of both countries, because all that was built for Euro will remain for the people. In preparation for the largest continental football championshipUkrainerenovated airports in allEURO 2012host cities -Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Lviv as well as second airport inKyiv- Zhuliany, increasing their channel capacity and improving the runway and infrastructure. The country has built and modernized four major stadiums - the National Sports Complex OlimpiyskyiinKyiv(to hostEURO 2012final),renaDonbass Ain Donetsk,A renaLvivin Lviv, andMetalist Stadium(nicknamedSpider) in Kharkiv. Notably, the latest Global Enabling Trade Report of the World Economic Forum listsUkraineas number one among CIS countries regarding railroad infrastructure development. The country was voted to possess an extensive and efficient infrastructure by international standards. To make football fans' journey toUkraineeven more fuss-freeUkrainedropped the visa requirement for the citizens of the EU,Switzerland,Canada,Japan, and theUSA, who enter the country for the period of up to 90 days. Earlier, theInternational Herald Tribunequoted Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Borys Kolesnikov who said: "Nobody in the world in 18 months has created such infrastructure as we did inUkraine". According to the paperUkraine'sEURO 2012 investment in infrastructure approachesUSD 4 billion.