Italy pays tribute to EU Parliament chief Sassoli before a funeral for the state

Italy pays tribute to EU Parliament chief Sassoli before a funeral for the state. 

Italian politicians joined with ordinary citizens on Thursday to pay their tribute for European Congress president David Sassoli, who died this week, and whose body was laid in the town hall of Rome ahead of an official funeral.

Many waited patiently during a cold winter’s day to walk into the hall where the wooden coffin of Sassoli was laid out. Flowers also surrounded it.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Mario Draghi were among the first to pay tribute to Sassoli. 

He was passed away in the northeastern region of Italy in a cancer center in the country Italy on Tuesday, aged 65.

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“I am in this place because David Sassoli represents good politics as the face of humanity in Europe,” said Rome resident Donatina Persichetti. “He was a part of us, and that’s why we loved him and why his demise hurts us.”

Sassoli was hospitalized for a few weeks following a bout of pneumonia in September. 

However, he was forced to go back to the hospital in December following having complications relating to his immune system.

He was President of the seven-seat EU parliament since July 2019. His time in the mostly ceremonial position was scheduled to expire this month.

His father’s funeral will take place on Friday in Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs. 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel are expected to both attend the funeral.



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