One of the most important days for the selection process may turn out to be Wednesday 4 April. We have learned that “the Danish EU-Presidency intends to provide an opportunity to the EU World Bank Governors to have an exchange with all the three candidates for the position of the World Bank Group President. … It will now be held on Wednesday, April 4 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Brussels.”
So the finance/development/foreign minsters from the EU 27 will have the chance to meet and interview all three candidates. We don’t know if this will be a group process – like a seminar with all three candidates on the podium – or with the three of them in succession. It seems the intention is that it is behind closed doors either way. Any chance the EU wants to webcast this event? With its large staff of translators the EU could even simultaneously translate the discussion, as suggested by my fellow bloggers.
It is worth remembering that the EU executive directors on the Bank’s board control voting share worth 29.2%. If you add in the Swiss ED,a constituency with Poland serving as the alternate, the total comes to 32.1%. Adding those numbers to the US and Canadian totals yields up 48.4% or 51.3%. That basically makes the numbers for Kim. So if Okonjo-Iweala or Ocampo want to break the gentleman’s agreement they are going to need to peel off some European votes. That may all be determined on Wednesday.