The heard of the ALDE-group at the european parliament, Guy Verhofstadt pays tribute to Wilfried Martens, whom he was a minister in the eighties.
“In the first place I wish to pass on my condolences to the friends and family of Wilfried Martens, especially to his wife Miet Smet.
Martens was a convinced European, an eloquent politician and prime minister with whom I have been happy to work .
Together we initiated the economic recovery of our country in the eighties.
I vividly remember our cooperation in addressing the recovery of our public finances, a job in which he, as Minister of Budget, personally supported me and stood by my side.
He was a versatile, cultured man who had the political fire in him from his youth, a passion that he never lost in his career.
He will certainly be sorely missed in Europe, where he was active after the end of his national political career, as President of the European People’s Party.”