Former Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has assured that Pedro Solbes, who died this Saturday, had the best qualities that can be attributed to a public servant: "Seriousness, rigor, reliability and honesty".
Pedro Solbes was part of the cabinet of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero as second vice president and Minister of Economy and Finance between 2004 and 2009.
After learning of his death this Saturday, the former President of the Government has expressed in a statement that he regrets the death of Solbes, "personally and also because of the loss of someone who had the best qualities to attribute to a public servant".
And he has cited these four qualities, seriousness, rigor, reliability and honesty, to conclude his statement appealing to be remembered in this way: "Let us know how to remember him like this; let us know how to honor his memory."
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has also referred to the death of Solbes stating that it is a "sad day for the socialist family". The former vice president has been referred to as a "statesman dedicated to serving his country and upholding social democratic values."
"Example of commitment to Spain and the European project. A hug to his family and friends. Goodbye, comrade," he wrote on Twitter.
The president of the Popular Party, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has lamented the death of Pedro Solbes, "one of the main socialist values for decades."
"Our condolences to the PSOE and the family of Pedro Solbes," Feijóo said through a message on his Twitter profile, where he highlighted the figure of the former vice president as a "public servant."
Jordi Sevilla, who was Pedro Solbes' chief of staff for six years and then Minister of Public Administration, stressed that, above all else, his former boss was "a public servant, with a very clear idea of what the general interest".
The president of the Congress of Deputies, Meritxell Batet, affirmed this Saturday that the former minister Pedro Solbes was "a benchmark for Spanish politics." He was one "of those great figures that we have to always keep in mind for the exercise and vocation of public service that we are also called to maintain from the PSOE," she said.
For her part, the PSOE spokesperson and Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría, highlighted the commitment of the former socialist minister Pedro Solbes "with socialist, social democratic and Europeanist values".
The candidate of the PSC for the Mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni, has defended that Solbes will be remembered "for being a convinced Europeanist" and for his affable and calm character.
Nadia Calviño, Vice President of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, has assured that Solbes has been "a great example of public service to Spain and Europe" as well as a "very dear friend" and a good man.
The third vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, has praised the commitment, honesty and prudence of Solbes, and has ensured that it represents the best that Spain and the PSOE have contributed to Spanish and European society .
"There is no socialist who is not sad today", said the socialist spokesman in Congress, Patxi López, and assured that Solbes was "a key pillar for Spain to form part of the European Union; but, above all, a person exceptional". The president of the Junta de Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, has also assessed that he was "a comrade, a socialist and a good person".
The Minister of Finance and Public Function and Deputy Secretary General of the PSOE, María Jesús Montero, has defined Solbes as "a wise man who contributed all his talent to modernize the Spanish economy and who was key to Spain's accession to the European Community". .
The deputy spokesman for Ciudadanos in Congress, Edmundo Bal, has said that Solbes was a "crucial figure in Spanish economic policy."
Bal lamented the death of Solbes and stressed that the former vice president of the Government with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero spent "part of his life working for what belongs to everyone."
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