EU Council approves the budget for the Special Tribunal

EU Council approves the budget for the Special Tribunal

Pristina, 15 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The Special Tribunal which will try the war crimes occurred in Kosovo, is soon expected to examine the first cases.

The EU Council has approved the budget for the specialized chambers of the court, amounting to 29 million euros, for a one year period.

Along with the budget of the Special Tribunal, the Council also approved the budget for EULEX, amounting to 35 million euros for a period of two years until June 2018.

The decision for the budget of both European institutions comes at the same day when the Council decided to extend the mandate of the rule of law mission, EULEX, although Kosovo’s parliament is yet to approve the exchange of letters between President Hashim Thaci and head of the EU foreign policy, Federica Mogherini.

The Special Tribunal for war crimes in Kosovo will exert its function based on international law.

Legally, this institution is considered to be Kosovo’s Criminal Court, but in essence, it is an international criminal tribunal.

The selection of judges of this tribunal is soon expected to start, as the administrative part has been completed. /