New EULEX mandate in Kosovo will have new powers

New EULEX mandate in Kosovo will have new powers

Pristina, 4 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

EULEX (European Unionb Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo) mandate in Kosovo will see changes. This was announced on Monday afternoon by minister of Justice, Hajredin Kuci.

The former deputy prime minister has reported in front of MPs of the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration, where he declared that a legal infrastructure has been built, especially in the domain of criminal justice. Speaking on EULEX’s mandate, Mr. Kuci said that the continuation of this mission has come following a series of negotiations.

“We have held three rounds of negotiations with EULEX representatives, US embassy and OSCE and the highest institutions have participated in them. After the negotiations, we came to the conclusion that EULEX must continue its mandate for another two years”. According to him, the new mandate of this mission in Kosovo will have other powers, warning that the processes that have started will continue to be followed up by EULEX, but in other cases, they will be handled by Kosovo’s national institutions.

“The new mandate has other powers. Cases which are under way will remain in EULEX’s powers, while other cases will be coordinated with the Judicial Council, Prosecution Council and State Prosecutor”. /