EULEX transition starts on June 15

EULEX transition starts on June 15

The transition of EULEX’s current mission will start on June 15 and will be carried out by exchanging letters like it happened last time and ratification in Parliament

Pristina, March 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo and Brussels are negotiating on the new mandate of the European Union Mission on the Rule of Law-EULEX- and the transfer of powers from this mission to the institutions of the country after June 15.

On Monday evening, the meeting between the deputy prime minister of Kosovo, Hajredin Kuci, Minister of Interior, Bajram Rexhepi and representatives of the European Union ended without any agreements.

Part of the EU delegation in this mission were representatives from the office of Baroness Ashton, heads of EU civil operations, representatives of European Commission and EULEX representatives.

Earlier, Brussels has demanded the extension of the mandate with another 3 months, in order to carry out the transition of the current mission into a new mission.

Through a written response, the government said that such extension is against the previous agreement between the two sides and can only be carried out by exchanging new letters.

In a press release, deputy prime minister Kuci’s office says that this meeting also discussed the legal actions that must be taken in order to carry out the reforms and the successful transfer of powers.

“First of all there must be an agreement through the exchange of letters between Republic of Kosovo and European Union, which will then be ratified in the parliament of the Republic of Kosovo by 2/3 of MPs”, states the press statement of the Ministry of Justice.

According to this statement, the agreement has been hindered by the issue of the content of the letters that must be exchanged over which an accord is yet to be reached, because delegation of Kosovo has demanded time to harmonize with the competent institutions in this process, including the justice institutions and political subjects represented in the parliament of Kosovo.

According to this statement, meetings are expected to take place in the days to come, following the necessary consultations from both delegations. /ibna/