EU lawmakers backed François-Louis Michauds nomination to the European Banking Authority in a setback for members campaigning to put a woman in the executive director post.
The European Parliament voted 343-296 in favor of the Frenchman, with 56 abstentions, overturning his narrow rejection in the economics committee, where members had voiced concerns about gender equality in top financial roles.
Michaud, a European Central Bank supervisor who oversees the EUs largest lenders, had sought to ease the committees worries by pledging to promote women at the EBA.
The approval of Michaud to the EBAs second-highest post still leaves relations frayed between the regulator and Parliament.
MEPs blocked the nomination of the EBA boards first nominee, Irish regulator Gerry Cross, in January due to similar fears over gender balance, as well as a revolving door with the financial industry.
Legislators on the economics panel complained that the EBA ignored their requests for a gender-balanced shortlist and a preference from party leaders for female candidate Isabel Vaillant, the agencys director of prudential regulation and supervisory policy.Read More – Source