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Greek Socialist Diamantopoulou Finalist to Head Paris-Based OECD

ΑΤΗΕΝS — Former European Commissioner Anna Diamantopoulou, who served Greece's now-defunct PASOK Socialists in top roles, is one of five candidates left in the race to become the next head of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that's based in Paris.

She currently serves as President of the Athens-based think tank DIKTIO Network for Reform in Greece and Europe and from 1999-2004 was the EU chief in charge of employment, social affairs and equal opportunities.

Estonia’s President Kersti Kaljulaid and Canada’s ex-finance minister Bill Morneau  have withdrawn from the race to lead the OECD, said Kathimerini, the group of 37 countries that get recommendations on economic growth.

on Tuesday announced their decision to withdraw from the race.

Former EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom of Sweden is the only other female candidate left in the OECD Secretary-General race.

The position is a prestigious one although the body doesn't have any enforcement power for its recommendations to members, also promoting democratic ideals, data and analysis and advice on public policies among its goals.

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