Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis on Wednesday evening conveyed Athens’ condolences and sadness over the passing of former EU Commission president Jacques Delors, who died earlier in the day in Paris at the age of 98.

“Greece sadly bids farewell to a great European and philhellene, a visionary who sealed the history and development of the European Union with his work. Jacques Delors was a truly leading figure, a visionary of the European idea,” Gerapetritis said in a statement.

“As President of the European Commission from 1985 to 1995, Jacques Delors served European values and worked to create the single market; he promoted enlargement and made a decisive contribution to European cohesion policy, preparing the ground for the adoption of the common European currency,” he added.

Taking to his official X account, EU Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas noted that “…Honor to Jacques Delors. A visionary, a great architect of Europe’s solutions. Thanks to Jacques Delors our Union has made great strides. The embodiment of a citizens’ Europe.”