President of the European Parliament David Sassoli dies: state funeral will honor him in Rome this Friday

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Funeral services will begin at noon in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

The President of the European Council, the Belgian Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, the German Ursula von der Leyen, will be among those attending the ceremony.

But many other political figures from all over Europe have already expressed their tributes to the deceased, welcoming his commitment to the European Union.

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Belgian Minister for European Affairs Sophie Wilmès deplored the loss of “a respected President of Parliament and a convinced Democrat”.

The Italian social democrat David Sassoli died Tuesday in Italy at the age of 65, in Aviano, north of Venice, in the care establishment where he had been hospitalized since the end of December.

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