This time around the process seems more straightforward than when certain past openings were filled:
The parliamentary supervisory council on Thursday proposed Seppo Honkapohja to be named as the new member of the board of the Bank of Finland.
The decision was made unanimously.
Honkapohja is in pending President Tarja Halonen's (Social Democratic Party) approval. She has blocked applicants in the past, but the supervisory council's chairman Seppo Kääriäinen (Centre Party) said (fi) that Halonen feels positively about this choice.
The outgoing board member is Social Democratic former minister Matti Louekoski, so Honkapohja's nomination would add another expert to the board at the expense of a political appointment. In the long run that may be one of its most important aspects.