Pierre Uri, One of Founders of Common Market, Dies
PARIS (AP) _ Economist Pierre Uri, who helped establish the Common Market, died of cancer, his family said Wednesday. He was 80 years old.
Uri, who died at his home on Tuesday, helped write the Treaty of Paris, which gave birth in 1951 to the European Coal and Steel Community. Uri directed the group from 1952 to 1959.
The body was conceived by Jean Monnet as an initial step toward European integration and contributed toward the establishment of the Common Market in 1958.
Born Nov. 20, 1911, Uri, who also held degrees in philosophy and law, was an indefatigable traveler, speaker and writer. He wrote several works on Europe, including ″Five-Year Plan for a Revolution″ and ″Thinker for Action.″
Uri was a staunch backer of Socialist President Francois Mitterrand, who in 1991 presented him with the Grand Croix of the National Order of Merit.
At the award ceremony, Mitterrand described Uri as a ″founder of Europe, one of those who most merit being considered an architect of this immense construction.″
He is survived by his wife and four children. Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.