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European Commission


Brussels, 28 October 2013

Message from Mr José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission, to His Excellency Mr Bronisław Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland

Dear Mr President,

It is with great sadness that I learnt about the death of Tadeusz Mazowiecki.

I want to pay tribute to this great Pole and European, one of the founding fathers of the new Poland and re-united Europe, he was a distinguished and respected state man, intellectual and humanist for whom freedom and solidarity, democracy and justice, political participation and human honesty, courage and responsibility always went hand in hand. The name of Tadeusz Mazowiecki, one of the architects of the "round table" talks between polish communist authorities and the opposition, is also a symbol for Poland's peaceful transition to democracy.

As first non-communist prime minister elected in partially free elections in 1989, Tadeusz Mazowiecki became the icon of the democratic transition in Central and Eastern Europe. He marked the end of an era only to engage into a new challenging project to re-unify Europe and lead Poland on the path towards accession to the European Union. He devoted the rest of his life to promote European values, freedom and democracy in Poland, in other countries of the former soviet bloc and in the European neighbourhood. In the 1990’s Tadeusz Mazowiecki was the special rapporteur of the UN for the situation of human rights in the territory of the former Yugoslavia.

On behalf of the European Commission and myself, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Poland and the family and friends of Tadeusz Mazowiecki.

Yours sincerely,

José Manuel Durão Barroso

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