Many thanks, President Sassoli

Today marks the loss of a great European, David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, who sadly passed away last night. A man who showed kindness and vision, and was a passionate ambassador of a more social and united Europe, he was committed to a more democratic future for the EU and its neighbourhood.

We would like to remember him with his own words, which he shared during the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the European Training Foundation:

“The European Training Foundation’s (ETF) 25th anniversary is a timely reminder that the EU has faced challenges before and has emerged stronger every time. We recognise that our wellbeing goes hand-in-hand with that of our neighbours.

People have always been at the centre of our approach. This is where the ETF comes in. Developing human potential lies at the heart of the mission of this unique organisation. Knowledge and skills empower people to adapt to change and overcome challenges. They give opportunities for people to find or create employment and forge a decent life for themselves and their families. They foster social inclusion and build citizenship.

For 25 years, the ETF has been the EU’s ambassador promoting this agenda in the countries of the wider neighbourhood, supporting them in developing their education and training systems to promote employability, growth, and inclusion.

I thank the ETF for its 25 years of action, and wish it every success in future, building on its achievements and flying the flag for a European Union that puts people first.”

Many thanks, President Sassoli. May you rest in peace.

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