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Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine as Planned: UEFA
July 9, 2008   
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After visiting Warsaw and Kiev in early July, Michel Platini, head of the European soccer association UEFA, dispelled speculation that the organization was thinking of backpedaling on its April 2007 decision to hold the Euro 2012 European soccer championships in Poland and Ukraine. Some media reports had claimed UEFA was worried at insufficient progress of preparations for the event in the two countries.

A further evaluation of the state of preparations in Poland and Ukraine will be made in the fall, said Platini in Kiev July 3. He expressed hope that both Poland and Ukraine would "press ahead with the necessary work" in the coming months. UEFA has never had any second thoughts about its decision to choose Poland and Ukraine to organize Euro 2012, Platini said.

While in Warsaw a day earlier, Platini said that Poland's preparations for the event were going "in the right direction." Polish government officials assured him that the new National Stadium planned in Warsaw, a project of key importance for Poland's preparations for Euro 2012, would be built on time. At meetings with organizations responsible for holding Euro 2012 in Poland, Platini was told that all the necessary infrastructure would be built.

Both Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Sports Minister Mirosław Drzewiecki expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of Platini's visit. "We exchanged all possible comments with Platini as to how Poland was preparing for Euro 2012 and I can say with satisfaction that the plan we have adopted and which was approved by UEFA, is being conscientiously carried out," Tusk said, adding that construction of the National Stadium in Warsaw was a priority project for his government.

Earlier various media outlets in Western Europe, especially Italy, speculated that the championships could be moved to either Italy or Spain, or that Germany could host the event together with Poland-instead of Ukraine, which some say is lagging behind in preparing for Euro 2012.
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