Giscard d'Estaign speaking at the European Parliament in 2017

Today we honour the memory of one of the great Europeans of our time, whose actions and ideas will continue to inspire us.

Our founder, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, passed away late last night and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

A reformer and a modernist, President Giscard d’Estaing has left a mark on French and European history that will not be forgotten.

To honour his lifelong work to build a stronger and better Europe, we will continue to work hard to reimagine Europa.

Today we remember his inspirational message to all Europeans:

“This project belongs to you. For it to be successful, you must cast aside negative ideas – political bias, personal ego and the fear of change to name but a few – and, relying on the foundations of our history, believe in the sincere hope of building one of the great civilizations of the 21st century.
We ask that you succeed”.