Commission rebuffed over new agency chief

European environment agency board refuses to accept new director in protest at poor handling

The European environment agency (EEA) management board has refused to accept either of two candidates proposed by the European Commission to replace its chief Domingo Jiménez Beltrán, opening up the prospect of a lengthy hiatus at the top of the organisation. The move was made in protest at what board members feel was poor handling of the appointment process by the Commission, say sources.

The board's main complaint is reportedly that the Commission chose only to advertise the position in the EU's official journal. Just 37 applications were eventualy received, compared with over 1,000 when Mr Jiménez Beltrán was appointed and when the post was more widely advertised.

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