Director of UEFA Euro 2012 in Ukraine Markiyan Lubkivsky has presented new decisions of the Ukrainian government aimed at facilitating accommodations of foreign fans in Ukraine to representatives of participating teams.
“I’ve presented the proposed and planned decisions of the Ukrainian government to facilitate accommodation of foreign fans in Ukraine to my colleges. First, this concerns cabotage transportation, accommodation systematization in Ukraine, which means all information where to stay and at what prices is posted on the UEFA Web site and Web sites of hosting cities. I also presented the issue of ‘open sky’ announced by Vice Premier Borys Kolesnikov. The information is important, as the key problem at the previous stages was complicity of reporting on Ukraine’s potential and opportunities to foreign fans,” he told reporters on Thursday in Warsaw where a workshop for participating teams is held.
On March 8, 2012, Lubkivksy jointly with David Taylor, CEO of UEFA Events SA, UEFA Events SA, Operating Director of UEFA Events SA Martin Kallen and Polish tournament director Adam Olkowicz held a presentation of Ukraine and Poland’s readiness to the tournament, informed on the state of airports construction and improvement of operations at stadia and the situation with accommodations in hotels.
Lubkivksy said that a reference book for teams with information on arrivals, meetings, conditions of practicing at base-camps, security, accommodation, match organization, work of referees and match inspection has been issued.
He said that an open training issue has been discussed.
“Teams that will accommodate in Ukraine – Ukraine, France and Sweden’s teams – will hold open training in Ukraine. Sweden and Ukraine will hold them at the Lobanovsky Dynamo stadium, while the French team will hold it at the Kirsha training base of Donetsk Shakhtar. [Training] will be held before the tournament. One training match is obligatory, but each team decides how many training hours the team will hold. Public may come to see training. During the tournament, each team is to hold one training match on the field where they will play in the evening before the match,” he said.
Lubkivsky said that at present issues of fan access to training matches are being settled – whether they will be charged or free of charge. He said that some 8,000-10,000 fans could get to the Dynamo stadium.