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Before Euro 2012 Ukraine and Poland still have problems with the roads

Monday, 21 May 2012 08:19
Yesterday, the members of the parliament of Ukraine and Poland discussed the preparation of countries for the Euro 2012. The state of the roads was considered the most problematic thing. In addition, the deputies called "Ukrzaliznytsya" not to cancel some night trains in this country, because it may cause uncomfortable movement. "Ukrzaliznytsia" noted that it is no longer possible to change the new schedule providing for the abolition of night trains.

Yesterday, the meeting of People's Deputies and the members of the Polish Sejm devoted to the preparation of Ukraine and Poland for the European football championship was held by the specialized parliamentary committee. According to the head of the parliamentary committee on Family, Youth, Sport and Tourism, Pavel Kostenko ("All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland""), the main problem in Ukraine is the state of roads, "Kyiv-Kharkiv highway is in a very bad state and roads inside the cities, especially in Kiev".

As explained by the first deputy chairman of the State Highway Administration Nicholas Mezdrin, this situation is caused by the lack of funding in 2008-2009. "Then, during the preparation for Euro 2012 only 83 km of roads were repaired. However, in 2010 540.5 km were made, and in 2011 - 990 km", - said Mr. Mezdrin. He promised that before the start of the championship works on the Kyiv-Kharkiv highway will be completed, Kyiv-Zhytomyr road will be repaired, as well as roads to Donetsk from Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporozhye.

In addition, according to the deputies, uncomfortable movement of fans in Ukraine can be caused by the cancellation of 25% of night trains in favor of the day trips by high-speed trains (see "Kommersant" on 14 May). "The cost of travelby high-speed trains is too high for the majority of Ukrainians. So I think that it is necessary to preserve all night trains during the Euro and the summer holidays", - said Mr. Kostenko.

The head of the Commission of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism of the Polish Sejm, Ireneusz Ras, said that about 25 billion Euros was spent on the construction of various infrastructure facilities in Poland. As in Ukraine, the main problem in Poland is a state of roads. According to the Polish side, the decision on the completion of the construction of the A2 motorway (from the German border to Warsaw) has not yet been made.

However, the members of both parliaments agreed that Ukraine and Poland were ready for Euro 2012. According to the National Agency on preparation and holding of Euro-2012 Valeriy Zhaldak, about one million fans will come to both countries. In particular, to Ukraine, most fans will come from Sweden, Poland, Russia, Germany, the Czech Republic and Ireland. "We have received such data, based on the number of tickets sold. We have already sold 32 thousand tickets of the extra 50 thousand, which we began selling since May 7", - said the tournament director of Euro 2012 in Ukraine Markiyan Lubkivsky.

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