BRUSSELS Jan 21 France has a put forward a
candidate to chair the European Central Bank's new bank
supervisory authority, Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on
The authority will directly police at least 150 of the euro
zone's biggest banks from March 2014 following talks with the
The secretary general of France's ACP financial sector
regulator, Daniele Nouy, has so far been cited as well placed to
chair the board of the new body.
"We have a candidate for this post, it's not a mystery and I
hope that she will convince," Moscovici told a news conference
after a meeting of the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers.
Moscovici declined to give the name of the French candidate.
The euro zone ministers elected their Dutch counterpart
Jeroen Dijsselbloem as the new chair of the Eurogroup, a job for
which Moscovici had at one point been considered as a candidate.
Moscovici, who backed Dijsselbloem for the job despite some
reservations about the Dutchman's views on belt-tightening,
insisted that France had not put forward a candidate for the ECB
bank supervisor job as part of a broader deal on top jobs.