5th March 2014: Meeting of OeKG


Thomas Muehlmann explained the most important features of the EULEX mandate. Starting with a planning team in 2006, the Mission became operational in 2008 in mids of the EU discussions on Kosovo´s independence. Despite being politically devided on this question, Member States nevertheless agreed to join up forces operationally and establish the biggest ever civilian crisis management operation of the Union to date.


The Mission focuses on four operational objectives: With its executive mandate, its police, prosecutors and judges investigate, prosecute and adjudicate sensitive cases in the area of corruption, organised crime, war crimes as well as inter-ethnic crime. It also engages in the area of civil disputes, mainly focused on privatisation matters and conflict related property cases from 1998-99. In parallel, although often not receiving the same level of attention as its executive mandate, EULEX is engaged in monitoring, mentoring and advising local rule of law institutions to support them to become sustainable, accountable, interethnic, free from political interference and in accordance with international standards and best European practice. Furthermore, the Mission focuses on the north of Kosovo as well as its support to the implementation of the dialogue agreements reached between Pristina and Belgrade. In particular, EULEX is instrumental for the IBM agreement, the civil registries agreement, the freedom of movement agreement as well as in the justice and police elements of the first agreement on the normalisation of relations between Pristina and Belgrade from 19 April 2013.


As the current mandate of EULEX given by the Council of the European Union is nearing its end in mid-June, discussions among Member States are currently ongoing to define jointly a way forward.


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