10. June 2018

EU officially "refocuses" mandate of EULEX mission in Kosovo

The EU Council has decided to "refocus the mandate of the EU rule of law mission EULEX Kosovo." "Today's decision brings the judicial executive part of the mission's mandate in Kosovo to an end: Kosovo will assume responsibility for all transferred investigations, prosecutions and trials," the Council said in a press release on Friday. According to it, EULEX will now focus on "monitoring selected cases and trials in Kosovo's criminal and civil justice institutions, monitoring, mentoring and advising the Kosovo correctional service, and continuing its operational support for the implementation of EU-facilitated dialogue agreements for the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo." The mission "will retain certain limited executive responsibilities in the areas of witness protection and support for the specialist chambers and the specialist prosecutor’s office, as well as responsibility for ensuring the maintenance and promotion of security as second security responder," the Council announced. The Council decision provides for the revised mandate to run until June 14, 2020 and "allocates a combined budget for the mission's operations in Kosovo and for the Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor's office of EUR 169.8 million for two years" - where EULEX will get EUR 83.6 and the special court EUR 86.2 million. EULEX was established in 2008, and had "two operational objectives: a monitoring, mentoring and advising objective, providing support to Kosovo’s rule of law institutions and to the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, and an executive objective, supporting the adjudication of constitutional and civil justice and prosecuting and adjudicating selected criminal cases." At:

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