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European Policy Centre mourns the death of its Founding Chairman Stanley Crossick

22 November 2010

Brussels: 22 November 2010: The European Policy Centre is mourning the death of its Founding Chairman, Stanley Crossick, at the age of 75. Stanley was the inspiration and driving force behind the EPC’s creation in 1997 in collaboration with Max Kohnstamm and John Palmer. His death comes little more than a month after that of Max Kohnstamm.

A lawyer by profession, Stanley will long be remembered for his passionate commitment to European integration. He took many of his precepts from Jean Monnet, one of Europe’s founding fathers, especially the axiom “thought cannot be divorced from action.”  

Stanley was such a high-energy source of ideas that politicians and policy-makers of many nationalities sought out his analysis and recommendations for dealing with the problems of the day. He was not an intellectual interested in abstractions.  He was a good listener, saw all sides of every argument and brought a penetrating intelligence to all his endeavours. In recent years, this was most evident in the energy and commitment he brought to building understanding and a mutually-beneficial political and diplomatic relationship between the European Union and China.

This was a constant theme of the 500 blogs he wrote for Blogactiv in three years. But his range was much wider; including the Middle East peace process, transatlantic relations and international law.

Despite recurrent ill-health for the last 10 years, Stanley's love of life and iron determination enabled him to make an enormous contribution to policy discussion and debate in Brussels and around the world. He died very soon after his return from participating in a conference in China.

"This is a very sad loss for the EPC which would not be what it is today without the vision and guidance of Stanley Crossick. Coming so soon after Max’s death, this is truly the end of an era for us", said Hans Martens, the EPC’s Chief Executive. "Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his wife Dahlia, daughter Elizabeth, son John and brothers Mervyn and Geoffrey."

Milestones in the Stanley Crossick’s professional life

2000-present: Founding Chairman of The European Policy Centre
1998-2000:    Chairman of the European Policy Centre
1990-1997:    Chairman of the Belmont firms (Belmont European Community Office and Belmont European Policy Centre)
1987-1989:    Chairman and Senior Partner, C&L Belmont
1979-1987:    Founder and Managing Partner,
Belmont European Community Law Office
1974-1979:    International Consultant, Franks Charlesly & Company
1961-1974:    Partner and Senior, Administrative Partner in Franks Charlesly & Company

Principal Appointments and Memberships

1994-1997:    Senior Vice-Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce EC Committee
1981-1984:    President, European Secretariat of the Liberal, Independent and Social Professions (SEPLIS)
1979-present: Honorary Vice-President,
International Union of Lawyers (UIA)
1977-1982:    Deputy Secretary-general,
Consultative Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Community (CCBE)

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