EULEX mission in Kosovo to change role

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BRUSSELS – The Council of the EU decided on Friday to refocus the mandate of the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo, EULEX, from an executive to a monitoring, mentoring and advising objective.

“Kosovo will assume responsibility for all transferred investigations, prosecutions and trials,” it said in the decision.

“As of 14 June, the mission will concentrate on: monitoring selected cases and trials in Kosovo’s criminal and civil justice institutions, monitoring, mentoring and advising the Kosovo correctional service, continuing its operational support for the implementation of EU-facilitated dialogue agreements for the normalisation 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 revised mandate will run until June 14, 2020.