The European Parliament issued a statement by Roberto Gualtieri, the Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, regarding the candidacy of Ireland’s Philip Lane and Spain’s Luis De Guindos for the post of European Central Bank Vice President.
“Yesterday ECON Members held informal exchanges of views with the two candidates for the position as the next ECB Vice-President. Both candidates made a good presentation”, said the statement.
“The majority of the political groups considered Governor Lane’s performance more convincing. Some groups expressed reservations for Minister De Guindos appointment.”
Expansión reported on Thursday morning that committee members had preferred Mr Lane’s technical expertise to Mr De Guindos’s “more pragmatic and executive” style and that the European Parliament’s opinion was not binding because the decision is ultimately taken at a government level, where Mr De Guindos enjoys more support.
The decision is scheduled for February 19.