Memorial Service 2022
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Memorial Service 2022
On 1 June 2022 the FMA organised, under the patronage of the European Parliament, its thirteenth Annual Memorial Service for deceased former Members of the European Parliament. The service was held in presence in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels and was broadcast live on this webpage. Current and former members of the European Parliament commemorated their colleagues who passed away in 2021-2022.
You can watch the recording of the ceremony in the window below.
The brochure of the event with contributions of former colleagues was distributed during the service in presence as well as online on this page.
You can find the list of deceased former MEPs who were commemorated at the 2022 memorial service here.
We want to express our sincere condolences to the families.
Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering, former President of the European Parliament and then President of the FMA opened the ceremony and paid special homage to deceased former Presidents of the European Parliament David Maria Sassoli and Lord Henry Plumb: “It is with particularly deep emotion that we pay homage today to two exemplary figures and eminent Europeans, President David Maria Sassoli and President Lord Henry Plumb, who led the House of European Democracy with balance and determination. Two figures who embodied political commitment in its noblest sense and who understood its profound meaning, that of uniting rather than dividing. May the memory of David Maria Sassoli and Lord Henry Plumb always serve as an inspiration to us all.”
On Monday 28 November 2022, President Dr Hans-Gert Pöttering participated at the Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of The Lord Plumb in the St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey in name of the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola and of the President of the European Parliament Former Members Association, Dr Klaus Hänsch.
Dr. Klaus Hänsch, former President of the European Parliament and now President of the FMA, concluded the ceremony with the closing oration: “We must hold together, strengthen and defend this Europe of reconciliation and cooperation, of peace and security, of freedom and justice and of tolerance and democracy – even and especially when it costs us something. From the beginning, our Union has stood against dictatorship and against subjugation. Today, it stands with the Ukrainian people against the Russian dictatorship’s cowardly neo-imperialist aggression. In this time of crisis and war in Europe, we honour our deceased colleagues with a promise:
Yes, we stand up!
Yes, we are strong!
Yes, we stand together!”