Blog: ESMA Appoints Czech’s Vojtěch Belling to Replace Erik Thedéen as VC – Finance Magnates

The
Board of Supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
has appointed Vojtěch Belling, the Executive Director of the Financial Market
Regulation and International Cooperation Department of the Czech National Bank
(CNB), as its New Vice Chair.

Belling
is to complete the ongoing two-and-a-half-year term of Erik Thedéen, Director
General of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, who was appointed as ESMA’s Vice Chair in December last
year.

ESMA
noted that Thedéen will be leaving the EU securities market regulatory authority to take up the post of Governor of Sveriges Riksbank, the central
bank of Sweden. Starting from November 21, 2022, Belling will serve out the
remainder of Thedéen’s tenure until 15 June 2024, it added.

Speaking
on Belling, who has been a member of the ESMA’s Board of Supervisors since
December 2020, Verena Ross, the Chair of ESMA, noted that the CNB Executive Director “has demonstrated
his committed to ESMA.” “I also want to take the opportunity to thank Erik
Thedéen for the valuable role he has played for ESMA, as a member of the Board
of Supervisors, the Management Board, and most recently also as ESMA’s
Vice-Chair,” Ross, who was appointed EMSA Chair in October 2021, added.

Who
is Vojtěch Belling?

Vojtěch
Belling has been working with the CNB, Czech’s apex bank, for the past eight
years, first working as the Director of the EU and International Affairs
Division at the central bank between September 2014 and June 2018, and later as
the Executive Director of the Financial Regulation and International
Cooperation Department of the bank. He has been holding the latter position
since 2018.

Belling,
who has served in several positions in the Czech Civil Service since 2002, has
also once served as State Secretary for EU Affairs at CNB between 2011 and
2014. At ESMA, he was a member of the Management Board until September
2022.

Apart
from working for independent governmental organizations, Belling is also an
active member of the academic community. He lectures about law and political
science at Charles University in Prague and at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University
in Ústí nad Labem. He also previously lectured at the University of Heidelberg in
Germany.

Belling
holds a Ph.D. degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Law from
Charles University in Prague. As an academic, he has published several journal
articles, including in the European Law Journal.

The
Board of Supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
has appointed Vojtěch Belling, the Executive Director of the Financial Market
Regulation and International Cooperation Department of the Czech National Bank
(CNB), as its New Vice Chair.

Belling
is to complete the ongoing two-and-a-half-year term of Erik Thedéen, Director
General of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, who was appointed as ESMA’s Vice Chair in December last
year.

ESMA
noted that Thedéen will be leaving the EU securities market regulatory authority to take up the post of Governor of Sveriges Riksbank, the central
bank of Sweden. Starting from November 21, 2022, Belling will serve out the
remainder of Thedéen’s tenure until 15 June 2024, it added.

Speaking
on Belling, who has been a member of the ESMA’s Board of Supervisors since
December 2020, Verena Ross, the Chair of ESMA, noted that the CNB Executive Director “has demonstrated
his committed to ESMA.” “I also want to take the opportunity to thank Erik
Thedéen for the valuable role he has played for ESMA, as a member of the Board
of Supervisors, the Management Board, and most recently also as ESMA’s
Vice-Chair,” Ross, who was appointed EMSA Chair in October 2021, added.

Who
is Vojtěch Belling?

Vojtěch
Belling has been working with the CNB, Czech’s apex bank, for the past eight
years, first working as the Director of the EU and International Affairs
Division at the central bank between September 2014 and June 2018, and later as
the Executive Director of the Financial Regulation and International
Cooperation Department of the bank. He has been holding the latter position
since 2018.

Belling,
who has served in several positions in the Czech Civil Service since 2002, has
also once served as State Secretary for EU Affairs at CNB between 2011 and
2014. At ESMA, he was a member of the Management Board until September
2022.

Apart
from working for independent governmental organizations, Belling is also an
active member of the academic community. He lectures about law and political
science at Charles University in Prague and at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University
in Ústí nad Labem. He also previously lectured at the University of Heidelberg in
Germany.

Belling
holds a Ph.D. degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Law from
Charles University in Prague. As an academic, he has published several journal
articles, including in the European Law Journal.

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