EU mourns Parliamentary Speaker David Sassoli
The EU flag raised the half-mast of European Parliament Speaker David Sassoli, who died yesterday at the age of 65, and was praised by leaders and officials from more than 27 countries.
“Today is a sad day for Europe,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, for Italy, whose 2.5-year term overseeing the European Parliament was to end this month. A journalist mentioned MEP for many years.
Sassori died early yesterday morning at a hospital admitted on December 26, after his spokesman said it was a “serious complication of an immune system dysfunction.”
“David Sassoli died at the CRO of Aviano, Italy at 1:15 am (Greenwich Mean Time 0015) on January 11, and was hospitalized there,” tweeted spokesman Roberto Quilo.
The parliamentary orator is now Vice President Roberta Metsola, a Maltese politician who succeeded Sassori.
Dozens of members of the European Parliament (MEP) gathered on the stairs of the building used in Brussels, silently prayed for a minute in honor of Sassori, and then applauded.
Sassoli led the European Parliament with 705 seats, one of the top three EU institutions.
But outside of Brussels, what is considered more influential are the European Council, which represents the governments of 27 member states, and the European Commission, which is an executive of the EU.
Under the EU Convention, the official seats of Parliament are in the city of Strasbourg, France, but MEP spends most of its time in Brussels, with an office and a separate meeting room.
Members are elected for a five-year term, but the chair usually takes on half of that term under a power-sharing arrangement between the largest political groups in Parliament.
The current members took on the mission in July 2019.
Sassoli, part of the Centre-Left Progressive Alliance of Socialist Democratic Party, is expected to be replaced by Messora, a candidate for the Centre-Right European People’s Party Group. Sassori had shown that he would not seek reelection before his death.
His body will be in state all day tomorrow at Campidoglio in Rome, or on the hills of Capitolino, before the funeral on Friday noon (1100GMT) at the Santa Maria degli Angeli Cathedral in the city.
Sassori was hospitalized for pneumonia last September, but had sparse hair and was seen in public before her final hospitalization.
EU leaders and politicians were keen to praise the speakers. Many people used Italian as a compliment. This reflects Sassoli’s own linguistic practices that stood out in EU business, which is common in English and French.
Von der Leyen, all in black, in Italian and English, Sassoli is “a passionate European, a sincere Democrat, and a good man,” and his legacy is “more unity and people in Europe. I wanted more and more. ” We are faithful to our values. “
European Council President Charles Michel tweeted in Italian and French that he was “sad and impressed” by the news of Mr. Sassoli’s death, and spoke of the lecturer’s “human warmth, generosity, amiability and smile”. I remembered.
Acting speaker Messora said she was “broken heart” at his death.
Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi has issued a statement praising Sassori as “a person of institution, a profound pro-European, a passionate journalist … a symbol of balance, humanity and generosity.”
“His premature sudden death is shocking,” he added.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron (now a country replaced by the EU Presidency) tweeted, “Our union has lost Italian patriots, great Europeans, and insatiable humanitarians.” did.
Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Europe “has lost its devoted parliamentary chair, Italy is a knowledgeable politician, and Germany is a close friend.”
UNHCR Chief Filippo Grandi thanked Sassori for his support in protecting the rights of refugees. “May he rest in peace,” he said.
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/707824/EU-mourns-parliament-speaker-David-Sassoli EU mourns Parliamentary Speaker David Sassoli