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PM on Padoa-Schioppa's death

Δημοσίευση 20 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 11:56 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
PM on Padoa-Schioppa's death
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Prime Minister George Papandreou on Sunday expressed his great sorrow at the sudden death of economist Tommaso Padoa Schioppa in Rome on Saturday night. The 70-year-old economist, hailed as one of the intellectual architects of the euro, had been enlisted by Papandreou as his advisor in tackling Greece's spiralling debt crisis.

Prime Minister George Papandreou on Sunday expressed his great sorrow at the sudden death of economist Tommaso Padoa Schioppa in Rome on Saturday night. The 70-year-old economist, hailed as one of the intellectual architects of the euro, had been enlisted by Papandreou as his advisor in tackling Greece's spiralling debt crisis.

Schioppa was at a dinner when he started to feel unwell on Saturday night. He rushed to a hospital in Rome but doctors were unable to help him, pronouncing his death as a result of a massive heart attack.

"He was an exceptional person and a great scientist," Papandreou said in a statement, hailing the Italian economist's priceless contribution to the creation and course of the euro and describing him as "a great European".

The Greek premier stressed that Schioppa had immediately responded to the Greek premier's proposal that they work together in tackling the great crisis that had erupted in Greece:

"He knew well that the crisis that began in Greece had European dimensions. And he contributed to the proposals that Greece presented in recent European summits for dealing with a generalised economic crisis," Papandreou said, expressing his deepest condolences to the family.