President Traian Basescu on Thursday sent a letter to King Philippe of the Belgians and to interim President of the European People’s Party (EEP) Joseph Daul saying that the former EEP President Wilfried Martens will be remembered in Romania with gratitude for the support he gave this country for returning to the family of the western democracies.
“I was deeply sad to hear of the death of great politician and statesman Wilfried Martens, who had a genuinely global vocation. It is an irreparable loss for the Belgian nation, which he served with devotion at particularly difficult times for the European Union, whose integration project primarily demanded his effort of conception and action, for the centre-right political movement inside and outside the European Union, which he elevated to the main stature of a political force capable of serving the interests of the citizens. It is a loss we deplore with much regret together with all people who knew, appreciated and respected him,” a release issued by the Presidential Administration quotes the Head of State as saying.
Traian Basescu emphasized the fact that “at this depressing time we want to pay a heartfelt homage to President Wilfried Martens for his decisive activity at the head of the European People’s Party.”
Nonetheless, Premier Victor Ponta on Thursday said that the death of Wilfried Martens is an important loss for his political family and for the entire European community.
“In my capacity as chairman of the Social Democratic Party, I am voicing regret now and offering my condolences to the political family of the European People’s Party,” said Victor Ponta in a release.
Former Belgian Premier Wilfried Martens died on the night from Wednesday to Thursday, aged 77, informed the European People’s Party, whose president he was for 23 years, says the Belgian press.