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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Loyola de Palacio dies

Loyola de Palacio died in Spain this week at the age of 56, after a five month battle with cancer. She was European Commissioner for Transport and Energy and Deputy President of the European Commission between 1999 and 2004. She was an active member of Spain's Popular Party for 30 years and served as agriculture minister under the government of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar between 1996 and 1999.

She was best known for her activities in the sphere of the criminalisation of maritime pollution, and for her ports reform initiative.


Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega expressed his government's condolences, describing de Palacio as "a brave, committed and extraordinary woman and a magnificent parliamentarian".


European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that her death "had a deep effect on me personally and on the whole Commission. We will remember her for all her human qualities and for all the efforts she made throughout her admirable and fruitful professional career".


INTERTANKO Managing Director Dr Peter Swift said, "We are sorry to learn of Loyola de Palacio's untimely death. INTERTANKO always appreciated its frank and open relationship with her - a relationship where she was always willing to meet and discuss the issues of the day and to listen to the views expressed by INTERTANKO".