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Brussels, 19 December 2010

Message of President Barroso on the death of Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa

"I have learnt with great sadness of the sudden death of Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, a great European that I remember not only as one of the fathers of euro, whose creation he supported since 1982, but also as an expert and cultivated economist who in his role as member of the European Central Bank Executive Board contributed, with professionalism and dedication and in a decisive manner, for euro to become a reality. Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa represented a unique figure of "grand commis", serving with intelligence and loyalty both on a national level, from the Bank of Italy to the Ministry of Finance, and on the European level, from the Commission to the European Central Bank.

Europe will always miss his intellectual passion and his tenacity that he continued to express at the service of European ideals, as a President of Notre Europe and a leader of European Movement.

I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family of Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa in this difficult time."

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