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In memoriam of former EIB Vice-President Wolfgang Roth

Former Vice-President Wolfgang Roth of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg passed away on 4 July 2021 in Bonn, Germany.

14/07/2021 | News

“As a Vice-President from 1993 to 2006, Wolfgang Roth left a lasting legacy both inside and outside the EIB” EIB President Hoyer commented. “Colleagues who had the privilege of working with him remember his deep commitment to European integration, his belief in a strong Europe based on solidarity, and his boundless energy – an energy he dedicated not only to business, but also to the development of the EIB’s modern art collection”.

Before joining the European Investment Bank, Wolfgang Roth was member of the German Bundestag for the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and deputy chair of the SPD parliamentary group. He also edited and authored several books in economics and politics. Wolfgang Roth obtained various awards for his achievements, including the Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2004.

Vice-President Roth was an important pillar for the EIB Presidency of Sir Brian Unwin, whose archives have recently been deposited at the HAEU as part of the European Investment Bank holdings and which are available for consultation in digital format on the HAEU online database. During this presidency, the EIB's operations greatly expanded, in particular with regard to investments in infrastructure projects on a European scale, thanks to the trans-European networks (TENs).

The HAEU expresses its deepest condolences to Wolfgang Roth’s family, friends and former colleagues at the EIB.

Read the announcement on the EIB website

Photo credit: © European Investment Bank (EIB)

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