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Ukrainian officials to learn EU languages for Euro 2012

Posted by the Editor on August 12, 2010


News / 12 August 2010 | 18:01

Ukrainian officials to learn EU languages for Euro 2012

Ukrainian officials to learn EU languages for Euro 2012

Ukrainian police officers, doctors and customs officers who will be involved in hosting the finals of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship will pass special courses in the main European languages, Deputy Prime Minister for Euro 2012 Borys Kolesnikov has said, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

“Special language training programs for certain categories of citizens, in particular, the police, doctors, and customs officers, are currently being prepared. Apart from the English language courses that will be organized for the mentioned categories, 6,000 experts will study the main European languages – French, German, Spanish, Italian and Polish,” he said during his visit to Lviv on Wednesday, where an UEFA delegation headed by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino is on an inspection visit, the vice-premier’s press service reported.

He also said that first and foremost, it was necessary to train the personnel who will manage constructed facilities, particularly airports and stadiums.

Kolesnikov also noted that as part of preparations for Euro 2012, all roads in host cities (Kharkiv, Lviv, Donetsk and Kyiv) would be reconstructed in line with European standards.

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President responds to open letter of International Press Institute

Posted by the Editor on August 12, 2010


News / 12 August 2010 | 11:03

President responds to open letter of International Press Institute

President responds to open letter of International Press Institute

President Viktor Yanukovych  called “irreversible” the process of development and expansion of press freedom in Ukraine. He said this in his reply to the letter of  the International Press Institute, which contained evidence of harassment of journalists and the media.

The president assured  he had always been and remains open to the press. “I do my best to make the journalists feel free in Ukraine. By the way, recently, a very sharp journalist has even accused the Presidential Administration of “spreading no propaganda” and having no influence on TV channels’ policy. I took this criticism as a great compliment. I want us to spread no propaganda, impose no vision of ours on journalists, but give them the opportunity to truly write about life of the society,” he said in his response.

However, he noted that journalism in Ukraine may be different. According to Yanukovych, some of the articles and programs are blatantly sponsored. “Some of them are unprofessional and are not backed up by verification of facts they present, etc.. I understand that it is due to the process of development. And along with the development of democratic processes in Ukraine, the standards of journalism will also grow,” he said.

The president  called to work together in the atmosphere of goodwill in order to help Ukraine follow the path of democracy.

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