It is with great sorrow that we learned the passing of European Parliament President David Sassoli today. We sincerely regret the loss of a political figure who was always supportive of civil society organisations and eager to dialogue with them. Mr. Sassoli was a genuine defender of fundamental rights against the authoritarian, regressive forces that arose in Europe in the last years. Under his term, the European Parliament also secured a larger role and support for civil society, and spoke up whenever necessary for civil rights defenders.
The European Civic Forum and its member organisations wish to express their condolences to his family and friends. Together, we will continue to stand for a Europe based on equality, solidarity and democracy, to perpetuate his legacy.