August 21, 2008

Ukraine Needs More Professionals to Prepare for Euro 2012 – Deputy Premier

Text of report by Interfax-Ukraine news agency

Lviv, 20 August: There is no sufficient time or professional working team for refurbishing the airports, Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Vasyunyk told a briefing on Wednesday [20 August]. "Time has always been the main problem with this kind of projects here and there. Ukraine doesn't have a problem with financing, this year alone the government allocated nearly 250m dollars for airports. The only problem is creating professional teams capable of keeping up with the work schedule," he said after a meeting of the government working group for the preparation of the 2012 European football championship in Lviv.

Vasyunyk also said that he met an UEFA inspector who, as part of the group, examined the progress with airports.

"They saw that the plan presented by Ukraine in Vienna is being carried out step by step without delays. New runways and terminals are being designed at all six airports. This is why we are looking forward to much more positive expert conclusions," he assured.

Vasyunyk said that the government designed a formula of joint financing of the repairs and construction of municipal roads in Lviv. The state and the city budget will evenly share the expenses or loans will be drawn.

Originally published by Interfax-Ukraine news agency, Kiev, in Russian 1810 20 Aug 08.

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