Germany says Eurogroup chief has to be a finance minister

BERLIN Wed Dec 5, 2012 7:54am EST

BERLIN (Reuters) - The future chairman of the Eurogroup, the influential committee of euro zone finance ministers, has to be an acting finance minister, a German government spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

"The statues of the rules of the Eurogroup envisage that it has to be an acting finance minister," a spokeswoman for the German finance ministry said in a regular news conference.

Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday he would step down as Eurogroup chief at the end of this year or early next, giving policymakers just four weeks to find a successor to fill a potential power vacuum.

He had been both finance minister and prime minister when he was originally appointed.

(Reporting by Berlin bureau)

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