We are saddened by the news that our dear comrade and friend, David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament and member of the Progressive family, passed away this morning. Through his work, constant commitment and kindness, he amplified the progressive voices in the EP. Committed to defend democracy and rule of law in the Union and the world as well as a staunch defender of our progressive values, he will be missed in the years to come. We send our deepest condolences to our S&D family, the Italian Democratic Party and his family and friends in Italy. We continue our shared struggle for social justice and a more progressive Europe to honour his memory.