martes, 21 de diciembre de 2010
Tommaso, we will not forget you
Together with the Nobel awarded Mundell, Padoa-Schioppa is widely regarded as the father of the euro, and was the first political actor to fight for the single currency; he developed the schedule for currency conversion and was decisive at persuading European heads of State and Government to push for the euro. The Italian even defined the euro as a currency without a state. He was greatly inspired by the notions of monetary stability, budgetary discipline and competition policy, and he played a crucial role at laying the foundations for the European Monetary Union, and campaigned very hard during his life to ensure a stronger Europe.
He has always been one of the relevant celebrities reminding us of the dangers of the lack of political union in Europe.
He’s lived enough to take heart of the existence and survival of the euro, the single currency, overcoming especially hard times with increasing (though still insufficient) self-confidence. In the last years he’s been a tireless worker on financial reform, both in the EU and abroad, being aware that the economic governance needed urgent and further innovation. He believed that the Eurozone had to be secured by a federal budget, or in other words a proper economic government in the European Union. There’s still a long way to go, and we are still on the battle for the survival and strengthening of the euro.
Tommaso embodied the spirit of the EU for he was passionate of European integration, and he had intellect and vision, being able to show us we shouldn’t limit our dream of a Federal Europe, more democratic, legitimate and effective too. As he once said, our new currency unites not only economies but also the people of Europe. He was the kind of people able to translate the European ideal into real and fully-fledged projects. This is the kind of people we need leading Europe.
N. B.: This is my humble tribute to Padoa-Schioppa and to all the European Federalists. Tommaso, non ti dimentichiamo. No te olvidamos. No t'oblidem.