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A European ceremony in honour of former Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl will take place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Saturday 1 July.

Speakers at the ceremony currently include European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and former President of the United States Bill Clinton. The casket holding the remains of Dr Kohl will lie in state draped by the European flag.

Following the European ceremony, which is expected to last for around two hours, the casket will be brought to Germany, where the former Chancellor will be buried after a requiem in Speyer cathedral.

Press contacts:


For the European Parliament

Jaume DUCH GUILLOT (+32 496 59 94 76)

Marjory VAN DEN BROEKE (+32 498 98 35 86)


For the European Council

Preben AAMANN (+32 2 281 20 60)


For the European Commission

Margaritis SCHINAS (+32 2 296 05 24)

Mina ANDREEVA (+32 2 299 13 82)