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Krzysztof Nieczypor

Ukraine: Mykola Azarov and Donald Tusk on Euro 2012

Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov came to Poland today to meet his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk. The meeting was held for the occasion of the Coordination Committee for the Organisation of the Final Tournament of UEFA Euro 2012 session.

Mykoła Azarow i Donald Tusk, autor: Maciej Śmiarowski, źródło: Kancelaria Premiera's photostream na

Mykola Azarov and Donald Tusk, author: Maciej Śmiarowski, source: Kancelaria Premiera/

Both Prime Ministers chaired the session of the Polish-Ukraine Euro 2012 Committee. During the session, the progress of Poland and Ukraine’s preparations for the tournament was discussed. Both politicians expressed their satisfaction with the achieved results.

Donald Tusk appraised the efforts of both countries very highly. Yet, he stressed that “not all the ambitious plans, especially those development- and infrastructure-oriented were implemented, but this should not affect the course of the European Championship”.

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych does not share the Prime Minister’s remorse. Yesterday, he expressed doubts concerning profitability of the event: “How much we will earn on this is yet to be known. We have invested UAH 35 billion in infrastructure. Undoubtedly, the incurred costs make one-time championships unprofitable”, said Yanukovych. At the same time, he expressed hope that the results of the work already done will do next generations good.

Is it too late to call the championships off?


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Translated by Marta Lityńska

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Absolwent stosunków międzynarodowych na Wydziale Politologii UMCS w Lublinie, Międzywydziałowych Studiów Wschodniosłowiańskich UW oraz podyplomowych Studiów Wschodnich w Studium Europy Wschodniej.

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