The commission is in Belarus on an official visit. A number of issues have already been discussed during the meetings. The EOC emphasized an important role of the government bodies that are taking part in the preparations for the event.
The country has a well-developed sport infrastructure, the experience of hosting international competitions, qualified specialists and overall support from Belarus President, President of the National Olympic Committee Alexander Lukashenko,” the minister said.
The National Olympic Committee of Belarus has already hosted working meetings. The visit will last through 23 September. The EOC Coordination Commission is led by Chairman of the Greek National Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos.
The prime minister assured that the national organizing committee will take all the necessary measures to properly prepare for the European Games. Every member of the committee has been assigned most significant areas of work starting with public catering and ending with security.
The head of state noted that he has to hear out excuses after every unsuccessful performance. “Don't you think we pay too much attention to the athlete's anxiety during the competitions? Athletes feel less nervous when well-prepared,” said the president.
“We already have experience in the liberalization of visa regulations. This is the 2014 IIHF World Championship. Therefore, let's step up efforts in this field. We should agree with Russians on the mutual recognition of visas and other related issues,” the head of state instructed.
“There should be no fences hiding these construction sites. Engage everyone. In certain cases there can be finishing works in the buildings, furniture placement. Building facades and nearby territories should be put in order,” Alexander Lukashenko instructed.
“We need to take our nation, the country, the state to the highest level of development, and the games should help us do it. Everything should be done for people. No need for pomposity. Everything should be done beautifully," the Belarusian leader said