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Pedro Solbes, former vice president of the government with Zapatero, has died

Pedro Solbes Mira died this Saturday at the age of 80, as he was promoted Country and subsequently confirmed by the PSOE. Considered one of the architects of the Euro and a committed politician of public management, he became Vice President of the Government together with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Among many other positions, he was the Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Union.

In a statement, Feraz expressed regret over the death: “The socialist family wishes to convey its love and gratitude to his family and loved ones. He also recalled his exemplary career in the service of Spain and its institutions. Thanks, friend Peter. For your work, your commitment and your dedication to public service for Spain and Europe. Thank you for contributing to making everyone’s life better. Goodbye, Pedro, and thank you. ”

Born in Pinoso (Alicante) in 1942, he received his doctorate in political science from the Complutense University of Madrid, after his undergraduate studies in Alicante. In 1968, he received the position of commercial technician and state economist.

During his long political career, he was Minister of Economy under Felipe Gonzalez from 1993 to 1996 and then under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero from 2004 to 2009. In addition, he held the portfolio of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1993 to 1991. And after being in the González governments, in July 1999 he was appointed head of the European Commission’s portfolio of economic and monetary affairs, chaired by the Italian Romano Prodi.

At that stage, he became one of the architects of the introduction of the euro in January 2001 and one of the main defenders of the protection of the Stability and Growth Pact in the face of violations by France and Germany.

Source: El Diario





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