Draghi today sent a letter to van Rompuy stressing the importance of filling the position opened by the departure of Spain’s Jose Manuel Gonzalez-Paramo, whose eight-year term concluded at the end of May, a spokesman for the Frankfurt-based ECB said. The ECB needs all six board seats occupied to function effectively, and politicians should accelerate the necessary procedures so that the appointment can be made in the very near future, Draghi said in the letter. He wrote a similar letter to van Rompuy in December, the spokesman said.
European finance ministers, who meet later this week, have delayed filling the ECB board seat after deadlocking over two candidates in March: Luxembourg Central Bank Governor Yves Mersch and Spain’s Antonio Sainz de Vicuna, head of the ECB’s legal department.
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