Born on 21 October 1949, Manuel Marín who passed away on 4 December 2017 in Madrid, was appointed, from 1982 to 1985, Spanish Secretary of State for the EEC Relations and responsible for the negotiating team for Spain's accession to the EU. Upon Spain's accession in 1986, he became Member of the European Commission as Vice-President in charge of Education. He was then in charge of Development and then External Relations. He was acting President of the European Commission when the Santer Commission resigned in 1999. On the announcement of his death, Jean-Claude Juncker paid tribute to the "father of the Erasmus programme".

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