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Monday, 10 September 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

3. Tribute
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  President. – However, as we return to our work, I do have a couple of pieces of sad news to which I need to draw the attention of the House. The news relates to deaths which, as a result of the summer break, can only now be announced to the House. We mourn our fellow Member, Jiří Havel, a highly respected and much-loved Member, a superb politician whose work in the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy and on Budgets was characterised by high levels of expertise. Mr Havel was a passionate European, an extraordinary man, who will live on in all of our memories and who – I can report this from my own experience – dedicated his whole life to the service of others.

Parliament also mourns the loss of Edith Mastenbroek, whose startling death at the age of 37 has left us deeply shocked. She leaves behind a young son, who will now have to grow up without her.

We mourn for our former Members, Alexander Falconer and Paddy Lane. These were fellow Members who we got to know during previous parliamentary terms, who passed away over the summer.

In July, Sakharov Prize-winner Oswaldo Payá and his fellow campaigner, Harold Cepero, lost their lives in an accident in Cuba. Mr Payá’s dedication inspired a whole generation of Cuban activists – he inspired them to struggle for freedom and human rights. The thought of arguing, of struggling, for democracy, freedom and human rights, was what Mr Payá lived for, and that is why we awarded him the Sakharov Prize. We will continue to preserve his legacy here in this House.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to ask you to stand for a minute’s silence in honour of our deceased former Members and the late Sakharov Prize-winner and his companion.

(The House rose and observed a minute’s silence)

 
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