EU Parliament to vote on Mersch appointment in Oct.

BRUSSELS, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The European Parliament willvote on the proposed appointment of Yves Mersch to the EuropeanCentral Bank's Executive Board later this month after a delay toprotest against male bias, a parliamentary source said onWednesday.

The vote will now take place on Oct. 22, the parliamentsource said. Mersch, Luxembourg's central bank governor, couldstill take the ECB seat even if parliament votes against himbecause the appointment is in the hands of EU member states.

The Parliament will concentrate more on how Mersch waschosen than his competence, parliamentary sources say.

In September, the lawmakers postponed Mersch's appointmentindefinitely by putting off the cross-examination in protest atwhat they called "systemic" bias against women.

The ECB's 23-member Governing Council, comprising thesix-member Executive Board and the heads of the 17 euro zonestates' national central banks, has not included a woman sinceAustria's Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell stepped down in May 2011.

(Reporting By Claire Davenport; Writing by Ben Deighton;Editing by Catherine Evans)

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