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The Polish Voice EURO 2012
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Hard Work and Huge Benefits
December 19, 2007   
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Cardiff, Wales, April 18, 2007, 11:45 a.m.-this was the moment that Poland and Ukraine won their bid to jointly host the European soccer championships in 2012. What does that decision mean?

Football fans clearly have reason to celebrate, as they will have new stadiums and sports facilities. Prime Minister Donald Tusk promised in his recent policy speech that a football field will be built in every community in the country.

Euro 2012 has provided a general impetus to action that will spur development in a number of areas. Poland stands to benefit from a huge cash injection as a result of the championships. Economists cautiously predict that the country can earn over a billion euros from the event. They also predict that the championships will provide 30,000 jobs, and unemployment will fall to 9 percent. Moreover, some have predicted the minimum monthly wage will rise sharply. A boom in construction, metallurgy, and the power industry is expected. The transport, service and food industry sectors are also likely to experience a major boost. Companies involved in the organization of the championships will also benefit greatly.

The big question now being asked by observers is whether Poland will be able to cope with the huge logistical challenge ahead and get everything ready in time for 2012. Skeptics have voiced doubts, pointing to the country's notorious penchant for bureaucracy as a sticking point likely to cause delays. Sports and tourism minister Mirosław Drzewiecki told The Warsaw Voice in an interview that Poland is considering bringing in construction workers from China which-faced with the enormous logistical problems of preparing for the Olympic Games-he says has almost everything ready a year before the event takes place.

Many Polish listed companies operate in Ukraine. The championships may spur their expansion both in Poland and over the eastern border. In The Euro 2012 Voice we will be reporting on developments in Ukraine. We will also be counting the days to June 9, 2012, when the vice-chairman of the Polish Football Association (PZPN) Adam Olkowicz, responsible for the organization of Euro 2012, reckons the big football event should start. The exact date has not yet been officially revealed by UEFA. Olkowicz talks to us about the championships in an exclusive interview.

Urszula Surmacz-Imienińska
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