Mario Draghi’s farewell

The event is on youtube. The event starts with a musical performance, followed by remarks from Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Sergio Mattarella (President of Italy). Not sure whether previous ECB Presidents got similar farewell too. 

Here are Draghi’s remarks where he reviews the developments in 20 years of the monetary union. In the end he bids farewell:

The time has come for me to hand over to Christine Lagarde. I have every confidence that you will be a superb leader of the ECB.

My goal has always been to comply with the mandate enshrined in the Treaty, pursued in total independence, and carried out through an institution that has developed into a modern central bank capable of managing any challenge.

It has been a privilege and an honour to have the opportunity to do so.

 

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