Laudation (extract) by Mário Soares

Laudation (extract) by

Speaker Mário Soares on the laureate:

‘In less than a year “1992” became a myth and the creation of an economic area between the Twelve a firm element that brought an end to the contradictions of the non-common-market; for this was the nature of the Community for a long time despite its spirit and the founding treaties. […] Delors and his team dismissed the great illusion of suggesting a single market. They took care of coming up not only with consumers but also citizens. […] In this spirit the decisive step, embodied in the Single European Act, was taken; the first great reform of the Roman Treaties and the fundamental basis for the adept politics […] that led to the signing of the Maastricht Treaty and the drawing near of the dream of European Unity which up until recently still seemed impossible.’

Foto Jacques Delors

Jacques Delors