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API-IPA mourns the death today of one of its co-founders, Guido Boodts (73), after a short sickbed.

Belgian journalist for De Standaard newspaper Boodts was one of a group of European journalists who decided in 1975 to establish the Association de la Presse Internationale as representative of the foreign correspondents covering European affairs in Brussels.

Guido Boodts became member of the API Council and also one of its vice-presidents during the ’80s. For many years he was a highly respected colleague in the Berlaymont pressroom.

He especially promoted the relations between the foreign journalists in Brussels and their Belgian colleagues.

Boodts studied political science before joining De Standaard in 1968 where he developed into its number one European affairs specialist.

Later he became foreign editor of the newspaper until his retirement in 2004.

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