Following the tragic death of Véronique Trillet-Lenoir, Renew Europe confirms that Véronique’s successor, sitting in our parliamentary group, will be Dr Catherine Amalric-Michalet.
A prominent academic and medical doctor, Dr Catherine Amalric-Michalet will continue to work to improve the health of all Europeans. She is also a devoted local politician as municipal councillor of Aurillac in Cantal.
Dr Amalric-Michalet said: "My first thoughts are with the memory of Véronique Trillet-Lenoir, and her work on behalf of the Europe of Health. I will put the expertise I have acquired as a Hospital Practitioner at the service of these same goals: equal access for Europeans to healthcare, medicines and therapeutic innovation, patients' rights, the development of an ambitious European prevention policy. Europe has already done so much in this field in just a few years. Let's not let our guard down!"
President of Renew Europe, Stéphane Séjourné, said: "We welcome Dr Catherine Amalric-Michalet to the European Parliament and the Renew Europe family, where I know she will be a tireless advocate for the European project and the health of all Europeans. Catherine’s passion and immense medical expertise will be an immense asset to the European Parliament as we continue to build a strong European Health Union for the benefit of all, which Renew Europe champions like no other group".
On August 9, the Renew Europe group learnt with deep sadness about the passing of Trillet-Lenoir after an illness. A medical doctor, specialised in oncology, Véronique was a native of Lyon, and was elected to the European Parliament in 2019.
Véronique served as a distinguished member of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Subcommittee on Public Health and the Special Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic. Véronique was a tireless campaigner for the health of EU citizens, in particular the fight against cancer.
"Véronique’s tragic passing is a loss for all of Europe. Words are not enough to express our emotion and our pain. A model of integrity, Véronique had made the health of Europeans and our health security her fight, based on her university experience and her career as a hospital doctor, whose work was internationally recognised. Every day, we were honoured to have our voice and our ideas carried by a woman with such a remarkable career and such exemplary commitment," said President Séjourné.
"If Véronique was a woman of commitments, she was also a woman of heart. Her humanity and generosity, which were appreciated by all, added real soul to the European Parliament. Her dignity and courage in the face of illness command our respect today as we have to say goodbye. Our first thoughts go to her family, her loved ones. We already miss Véronique Trillet-Lenoir. Her struggles now become ours. We will commit to it with the same strength and the same determination. Véronique will remain an example for all of us."