Kosovo asks for EULEX mission to be extended

By bne IntelliNews June 10, 2016

Kosovo has asked the European Union to extend its rule-of-law mission (EULEX) in the Balkan country for at least two years until 2018, the government in Pristina said on June 10.

The EULEX mission, including police and judicial personnel, began its deployment process in February 2008, when the country proclaimed independence from Serbia.

"Kosovo will welcome the extension of the EULEX mandate and is convinced that the presence of EULEX would only accelerate the necessary reforms of the justice institutions and will help Kosovo to get closer to the EU," Prime Minister Isa Mustafa said in a statement following a government session on June 10.

The current mandate of the EULEX mission in Kosovo will expire on June 15. The parliament in Pristina is expected to approve the extension before that date.

The extension of the mission’s mandate will be secured by an exchange of letters between Kosovan President Hashim Thaci and EU high representative Federica Mogherini. 

Kosovo signed a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU in 2015.

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