Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj who met on Friday the EULEX head of mission, Alexandra Papadopoulou, said that the EU rule of law mission will turn into an advisory role next month.
Haradinaj met on Friday with Alexandra Papadopoulou, to talk about the end of the EULEX mission, saying that after June 15 "the EULEX's mandate will be advisory." In a press release issued by Prime Minister’s Office, Haradinaj said that Kosovo Government remains committed to the rule of law. Haradinaj said that he discussed with Papadopoulou on Kosovo Government’s efforts to strengthen the rule of law, as one of the key pillars for the economic development and integration of the country into the European Union.
The Prime Minister’s press service announced that Haradinaj was informed on the end of the EULEX mission and exchange of letters between the President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci and the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini.
“The EULEX Head of Mission Alexandra Papadopoulou, thanked the Prime Minister for his hospitality, stating that also after the end of current mandate, the EULEX in its advisory role will continue to closely cooperate with the Government on further strengthening the rule of law,” it is stated in the press release. Current mission of EULEX ends on 14 June and according to the Government after 15 June the EULEX mandate in Kosovo will be only advisory. The EULEX mission was deployed in Kosovo in 2008, after Pristina declared independence. The EU Rule of Law Mission started to support Kosovo on the judiciary, police and customs. It has a staff of judges, prosecutors and police officers working alongside their local counterparts.