Mitsotakis expresses deep sorrow on passing of philhellene Jacques Delors

Jacques Delors Mitsotakis

Former European Commission President Jacques Delors, a pillar in European politics, died on Wednesday at the age of 98.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed in a written statement on Wednesday,  his sorrow over the death of Jacques Delors, "a pioneer of Europe's unity" and a leader who expressed his solidarity with Greece at all its difficult moments.

A pivotal figure in European politics, Delors served as France’s Finance Minister under François Mitterrand in 1981 and later became a key architect of European integration.

From 1985 to 1995, he held the presidency of the European Commission, playing a crucial role in shaping the vision of a united Europe.

Delors’ extensive career included roles at the Bank of France, professorship at the University of Paris, and service as a Member of the European Parliament.

His legacy endures in European economic and political history.

Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis in a statement about the passing of Delors said he "sadly bids farewell to a great European and philhellene, the visionary who, with his work, marked the European Union's history and development."

"As President of the European Commission from 1985 to 1995, Jacques Delors served European values, worked to create the single market, promoted enlargement, made a decisive contribution to European cohesion policy, and prepared the ground for the adoption of the common European currency," added Gerapetritis.

Jacques Delors "was a true leading figure, who worked with a vision for the European idea."

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