We have tremendously sad news to share with you: Elena Rodríguez-Espinar, “la nostra Elena / our Elena”, passed away on 2 March 2016. It is impossible to express with words how much she meant to all of us. And how much she has contributed to our association and humble pro-European efforts over the last ten years.
Elena was peace and serenity in tense moments and she has made us laugh a lot. Together have we dedicated so many, countless, hours to pro-European projects without asking for anything in return. Her firm integrity and boundless sense of justice, her professionalism and engagement, her humanity and creativity were the spark and sparkle of so many projects. We went through tough times together and duly celebrated many success stories, too. She was a founding member and secretary of Horitzó Europa / UEF Catalonia, a founding member and secretary of UEF Spain and a member of the UEF Federal Committee (2013-2015, nominated) at European level. Above all, she was the soul of our civil society association (an informal yet heartfelt designation).
Elena, you were a great friend and, for many of us, one of our closest friends. You used to say “This is not fair, but we have to move on.”. Your unbreakable sense of justice, constructive criticism and boundless humanity will guide us on this journey we started.