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Rajoy expresses his condolences for the death of Manuel Marín

Tuesday 5 December 2017

​"Having learned the sad news of the death of Mr Manuel Marín, I would like to express on behalf of the Government and myself my sincerest condolences and deepest sympathy to all his family and friends, the Socialist party of which he was a long-standing active member, and the Iberdrola España Foundation, of which he was currently chairman.

Since his election as a member of parliament back in the first democratic elections of 1977, up to becoming speaker of the Lower House of Parliament in 2004, his life was dedicated to public service and its European dimension. In government he played an important role in the negotiations for Spain's membership of the European Communities, which culminated in 1985. This European vocation also led him to be European commissioner, holding a number of portfolios, and Vice-President of the Commission, where he was also acting President for a time. Recently he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Salamanca, together with Jean-Claude Juncker, in recognition of his important work on the implementation of the Erasmus programme.

His distinguished background in European law and his open, modernising character, always open to dialogue, left their mark in the various public offices he held and in his recent work in the private sphere.

Rest in peace."

Mariano Rajoy Brey
President of the Government of Spain

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