UEFA Observers Satisfied With Ukraine's Euro 2012 Preparations

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's preparations to host Euro 2012 have been given a boost by UEFA observers, who have pronounced themselves satisfied with the country's progress, the UNIAN news agency reported on Saturday.

The verdict, following a mid-April fact-finding trip to Ukraine, was expressed on Friday in a report at the Swiss headquarters of European soccer's governing body.

The meeting was attended by Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Vasyunik and the president of the Ukrainian Football Federation, Hryhory Surkis.

The assessment centered on progress in improving infrastructure in the six Ukrainian cities that could stage games in the finals, which Ukraine is co-hosting with Poland.

The preparation of stadiums, airports, public transport and tourist accommodation were all looked at.

UEFA's executive committee is expected to decide which cities will host matches at a meeting in Romania this month.

The organization's president, Michel Platini, has said the decisions on host cities would be largely based on infrastructure.

Games will be played in Kiev and three other Ukrainian cities, with Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Lvov, Kharkov, and Odessa in the running.

Source: RIA Novosti