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Mariano Rajoy underlines the pro-European stance of Manuel Marín and his defence of Spanish interests

Lower House of Parliament, Madrid, Tuesday 5 December 2017
EFE

The President of the Government, Mariano Rajoy, after visiting the funeral chapel of Manuel Marín in the Lower House of Parliament, asserted that he was "a great person, a great politician and someone capable of defending the interests of his country" and of placing them "above any other consideration".

Ina statement to the press after visiting the funeral chapel of Manuel Marín, who passed away in Madrid on Monday, the President of the Government praised his pro-European stance and his role in the negotiations for Spain's accession to the European Union. "He was one of the men who, through his efforts and hard work, his commitment and enthusiasm, ensured that Spain finally joined the EU", he pointed out.

The President of the Government, who went straight to the Lower House following his arrival in Madrid from London, also highlighted the responsibilities of Manuel Marín as a European Commissioner in Brussels, and subsequently as Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament between 2004 and 2008. He also recalled that on 9 November he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Salamanca, together with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, an event that Manuel Marín was unable to attend but at which his career was outlined.

"I feel sad today", concluded Mariano Rajoy, "but at the same time I see someone who has left behind a fine example for the future".

Non official translation