ECB council signs off on Lagarde as Draghi successor


FILE – In this April 13, 2019, file photo, International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference after the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) conference at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, Lagarde said Tuesday, July 16, 2019, she will resign as managing director of the International Monetary Fund in light of her nomination to be the next president of the European Central Bank. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank’s governing council has signed off on the nomination of International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde as the next head of Europe’s top monetary authority.

The council on Thursday delivered its opinion, required under the appointment procedure enshrined in the European Union’s basic treaty, that Lagarde is a person “of recognized standing and professional experience in monetary or banking matters.”

Lagarde also faces hearings, probably in late September or early October, in the European Parliament, but parliament cannot block the nomination made by the heads of eurozone governments. The European Council of heads of state and government must formally confirm the appointment, in which case she would succeed Mario Draghi on Nov. 1 for an eight-year non-renewable term.

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