Iberdrola announces that Manuel Marín, Chairman of Fundación Iberdrola Spain, has passed away
Manuel Marín, Chairman of Fundación Iberdrola Spain, passed away today in Madrid at the age of 68 after a long illness. The Foundation deeply regrets the passing of Manuel Marín. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Since he was appointed Chairman of Fundación Iberdrola Spain in 2008, the international experience and strong will for integration of Manuel Marín have helped consolidate Iberdrola's firm commitment to the energy, cultural and social development of all communities in which the company operates, driving initiatives that have helped improve the quality of life of many people.
Prior to this, among many other very important responsibilities, Manuel Marín was the Vice President of the European Commission and acting President of this institution. He was also the President of the Congress of Deputies of Spain, where he started his political career in the 1977 constituent legislature.
Viewed as a true Europeanist, Marín played a very relevant role in 1985 as the Secretary of State, when the Treaty of Accession was signed by Spain to become a member of the European Community. During his first years as a member of the European Commission, in which he worked for over a decade, he played a key role in the development and implementation of the "Erasmus" and "Fight against Cancer" programs, among many other important initiatives. Likewise, he was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Union.