De Palacio, former EC commissioner, dies at 56

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14 December 2006, MADRID — Politicians from all parties paid homage on Thursday to the former EC commissioner Loyola de Palacio who died of cancer.

14 December 2006

MADRID — Politicians from all parties paid homage on Thursday to the former EC commissioner Loyola de Palacio who died of cancer.

De Palacio died on Wednesday in a Madrid hospital. She was 56.

De Palacio, who was the head of the conservative opposition Popular Party's (PP) foreign policy council, had travelled to the Spanish capital to take part in the party's Conference on Political and Social Economy, being held through Friday.

Tributes were paid in the European Parliament and in Spain.

The former minister referred in September during a visit to Houston, Texas, to receive treatment for "a cancer with complex clinical manifestations".

"She enjoyed politics, she lived for politics and worked with more tenacity than anyone else," said the PP's spokesman in the Senate, Pio Garcia Escudero, during a dinner for the Association of Parliamentary Journalists.

Born in Madrid in 1950, De Palacio studied law and entered political life in the October 1989 general elections, when she was elected to Parliament for the PP.

In 1996, she was appointed agriculture, fishing and nutrition minister in the first government of the then premier Jose Maria Aznar.

In 1999, she was elected a deputy to the European Parliament for the PP and a month later she was named vice president and commissioner of transport and energy for the European Union, posts she held until November 2004, when Jose Manuel Durao Barroso took over that portfolio.

Since then, she had pursued her duties as president of the PP's foreign policy council and was a consultant in private enterprise to such firms at BNP Paribas, pharmaceutical company Zeltia, the Rothschild investment bank and Sonaecom.

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Subject: Spanish news

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