Sassoli, Mattarella and Draghi at the funeral home. Minute of silence at the EU summit

Rome, January 13, 2022 – The coffin of David Sassoli is in Capitol where, in the room of the Protomoteca, the burial chamber. To welcome the body of the President of the European Parliament and his family, the wife Alessandra Vittorini and children Livia and Giulio, was the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri. Dozens of journalists and operators were present.
The funeral home remained closed to the public until 10.30 to allow the visit of the highest officials of the state.

After the head of state Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Mario Draghi, the presidents of the Chamber and Senate Roberto Fico and Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati also went to the Capitol to pay homage to the president of the European Parliament. The president of the Lazio Region Nicola Zingaretti, the mayor of Fiumicino Esterino Montino together with the deputy Monica Cirinnà, then the coordinator of Forza Italia Antonio Tajani accompanied by group leaders Annamaria Bernini and Paolo Barelli, Massimo D’Alema, the former premier and leader of the M5S Giuseppe Conte and Goffredo Bettini, Gianni Letta, Walter Veltroni, Stefano Fassina, Dario Nardella, Lorenzo Cesa, Mario Monti, Senator Antonio De Poli, Vannino Chiti, Sergio Cofferati. The Democratic Party paid his tribute with a large delegation of senators composed, among others, by Valeria Fedeli, Dario Stefano, Roberta Pinotti, Andrea Marcucci, Luigi Zanda, Caterina Bini. Shortly after also Enrico Letta with, among others, the deputy secretaries Provenzano and Tinagli, the head of the Meloni secretariat, the treasurer Verini. Also present was a delegation from Italia Viva led by former premier Matteo Renzi.

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Tomorrow ai state funeral, in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome, there will also be the presidents of the Commission and the EU Council, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel.

Meanwhile, this afternoon, it was observed a minute of silence at the opening of summit of EU foreign ministers in Brest, in the north-west of France. “The death of David Sassoli leaves a huge void, he was a great Italian and a great European”, said the head of the Farnesina, Luigi Di Maio, recalling the president of the European Parliament.

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