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Report: ECB replaces Brussels office head after staff complaint

The European Central Bank on March 21 appointed Boris Kisselevsky head of its representative office in Brussels, replacing Stéphane Rottier after staff complaints about unlawful hirings and promotions, Reuters reported March 28, citing internal documents.

The ECB announced the appointment of Kisselevsky, who works in the central bank's communications division, through an internal memo dated March 23, according to the report.

Rottier was serving as interim head of the Brussels office since the central bank annulled his appointment in October 2016 after a staff complaint that he had been handpicked for the role and the vacancy had not been advertised, contravening the ECB's own rules, Reuters noted. An advertisement for the position was subsequently posted, but Rottier's application was unsuccessful, it noted.

A staff memo dated March 20 showed that four appointments in the human resources division were also annulled by the ECB upon discovery of "procedural mistakes affecting the legality of the four appointment decisions," the newswire reported.