As to a remarkable point in the procedure, on which I reported earlier, the following can be added. In the letter presenting the three candidates, the Belgian government stated the following about the fact that the list of candidates included men only:
However, since the current list does not contain a female candidate, we are aware that is admissible only by way of an exception, having regard to the special circumstance of the case. It should be noted in this connection that the State not only made a public call for candidatures widely published in the Official Gazette and the special-interest press and open for a month, but also required all candidates who responded to undergo an interview without short-listing on the basis of the CV. Lastly, at the interview, under arrangements available for your consultation, steps were taken to have the qualifications and experience of all candidates of both sexes assessed in such a way that their applications could be considered on equal terms.Paul Lemmens was elected for a term of office of nine years, starting on 12 September 2012. I wish him wisdom in the fulfillment of his new capacity. Congratulations, professor Lemmens!
It emerged from the interview that the sole female candidate to come forward did indeed meet the requirements of competence stipulated by Article 21, paragraph 1, of the Convention, but like other candidates also meeting the requirement of competence, could be classed as not possessing equivalent competence to the three candidates mentioned above.