"Dear Mr President, The European Commission has learned with great sadness of the passing away this morning of Dr Tabone, former President of the Republic of Malta.
The Commission and myself will remember him for his pride in being Maltese and his tireless efforts to bring forward the interests of his country and fellow citizens. He was very sharp, dedicated, and sensible.
On behalf of the European Commission and myself, I present to you and to the family of Dr Tabone my most sincere condolences. Please accept, dear Mr President, the assurances of my highest consideration.