EULEX’s fate in the hands of the parliament of Kosovo

EULEX’s fate in the hands of the parliament of Kosovo

Pristina, 15 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Parliament of Kosovo is expected to gather this week in order to ratify the agreement for the extension of the mandate for the EU international mission, EULEX.

The delays have occurred because letters have not yet been exchanged between president of Kosovo and the EU, letters which reduce the mission’s executive powers.

Representatives of the institutions of Kosovo have demanded from the EU for EULEX not to launch new investigations relating to cases of corruption and organized crime and all of these cases will be passed to the Special Prosecution of Kosovo.

Now, everything depends on parliament, because the government has passed a bill which enables EULEX to remain in Kosovo for another two years in order to support and assist institutions of Kosovo in the domain of the rule of law.

A day ago, a decision was also taken in Brussels to extend EULEX’s mandate.

Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman of the EU head of diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, said that the EU Council has approved on Tuesday the decision to extend EULEX’s mandate.

She added that Mogherini would reply to the letter sent by the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci regarding this topic.

But under these circumstances, the European mission, whose mandate has expired on 14 June, has been left without legal powers and without the right to take judicial decisions.

EULEX has postponed all trials for today and tomorrow, because it has no mandate.

Meanwhile, EULEX’s annual budget will be 63,6 million euros.

34,5 million euros will cover EULEX’s expenses in Kosovo while 29,1 million euros have been allocated to specialized chambers and the prosecutor’s specialized office.

EULEX has started its work in Kosovo in 2008. /