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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Euro crisis: new appointment a missed opportunity for gender balance, says London MEP

A TOP Eurozone finance job has been given to Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, missing a chance to help redress the absence of women at the highest level of decision-making in the Eurozone.

London’s Green MEP Jean Lambert said: “After the European Central Bank (ECB) failed to consider any female candidates for its executive board at all when considering a vacancy last year, this appointment could have been used to set the record straight about womens’ managerial roles at EU level.

“But instead of an open, transparent process at which female finance ministers could have been considered, Mr Dijsselbloem was appointed after a shady backdoor deal.

“This is an assault on transparency, but it is also yet another missed chance to get the gender balance right in management of the Euro crisis.”

There has been no female member of the ECB’s executive board since 2011, a situation compounded by the lack of any female presidents of Eurozone central banks, which sit on the bank’s ‘governing council’.

Ms Lambert has long been a supporter of campaigns to improve gender balance at all levels of political and economic decision-making.

“The reality is the decisions taken by the ECB about managing the crisis affect everyone but are being taken almost exclusively by men,” she added.

“While women make up roughly half of the population – and in the face of growing evidence that they are bearing the brunt of the crisis and its associated austerity – this is just perverse, and is yet more evidence that the ECB is failing the needs of the people it represents.”

Ms Lambert is a member of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee, where she will present a package of proposals next month to try to protect vulnerable groups from the impact of the Euro crisis.