K. Sakellaropoulou for Sassoli: I say goodbye to a friend of Greece with deepest sadness

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The President of the Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, referred to the work offered and the legacy left by David Sassoli, in a statement, at the funeral of the Italian politician that took place recently in Rome. “With deep sorrow I say goodbye to a devoted European and friend of Greece, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli” stressed Ms. Sakellaropoulou in APE-MPE.

“He addressed the problems and challenges of this difficult, due to the health crisis, two years with unwavering faith in the importance of solidarity and joint effort,” the President continued and added: “At the same time, he worked to deepen parliamentary democracy. His vision for a Europe that ‘innovates, protects and radiates’, as he put it, is its precious legacy.”

Italian and European leaders attended the funeral of European Parliament President David Sassoli, who died earlier this week, in Rome.

President Sergio Matarella, Prime Minister Mario Draghi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel were also among those who paid their last respects to the former journalist and MEP.

A guard of honor accompanied the arrival of the coffin, which was covered with the flag of the European Union, in the basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs.

Thousands lined up yesterday, Thursday, to bid farewell to David Sassoli at the Capitol in Rome.

Also present at the funeral were French Prime Minister Jean-Castex (France holds the rotating EU presidency), his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez, the Speakers of the Senate and the Italian House of Representatives, and Italian MPs. .

The ceremony was broadcast live on RAI Public Television, under the title “Ciao David”.

David Sassoli died in the early hours of Tuesday, January 10, in a hospital in northern Italy where he was admitted on December 26 due to “serious complications due to a malfunction of the immune system.”

His two-and-a-half-year term as head of the EU legislature was due to end this month.

The interim president of the European Parliament is now Vice President Roberta Metzola, a Maltese politician who has announced her candidacy for Sassoli’s successor.

Von der Leyen called the day of David Sassoli’s death “sad for Europe” and Draghi greeted him with a “profound Europeanism, a symbol of balance, humanity and generosity”.

Source: AMPE

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Source From: Capital

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