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EULEX International Police Cooperation Unit and the Directorate for International Cooperation in the Rule of Law of Kosovo Police take a study visit trip to Sweden
This week, the Chief of EULEX International Police Cooperation Unit, Vincenzo Cardinale
together with the Data Protection and Data Security Officers from the Directorate for
International Cooperation in the Rule of Law of Kosovo Police (ILECU), went to Stockholm
for a study visit trip to the International Affairs Division of Swedish Police. This
institution acts as the Single Point of Contact for Interpol, Europol and Sirene in
The main focus of the visit was to strengthen Kosovo Police ILECU executive capacity in order to enhance its operational performance, particularly when focusing on Data Protection and Data Security perspectives. Strong emphasis was also given to getting the KP officers familiarised with the new regulations regarding the handling of information, exchange of information, interoperability of databases and case management system used by European law enforcements and institutions.
The EULEX mission has organized a round table on the procedures for vehicle registration together with the Kosovo Civil Registration Agency. The two day workshop focused on the implementation in practice of the legislation on vehicles.
Serving members of the North-Rhine Westphalia police, who are applying to become
candidates at the German Police University, visited Kosovo and received a briefing from
EULEX Deputy Head of Mission, Bernd Thran, as well as other Mission staff.
They discussed the Mission’s mandate, its future and the wide range of activities serving police officers in EULEX carry out in their day-to-day work.
Today EULEX Head of Mission, Alexandra Papadopoulou visited the Kosovo Department of
Forensic Medicine. She was accompanied by Kosovo Minister of Justice, Abelard Tahiri and
UK Ambassador to Kosovo, Ruairi O’Connell.
During the visit they were informed on the work of this institution and capacity building.
To mark International Women’s Day, EULEX Head of Mission Ms Alexandra Papadopoulou
hosted a reception.
The main focus of the occasion was the publication of the book ‘Women in the Rule of Law’, which celebrates the local and international women for their contribution to justice in Kosovo.
This week as part of a visit from the Dutch delegation, the EULEX Deputy Head of Mission
Mr. Bernd Thran met with Head of the Dutch National Police E. Akerboom, Dutch National
Police E.A. Lindemuller, and Ambassador G. Willems.
Mr. Bernd Thran exchanged views on the current situation in Kosovo and provided an overview of the Mission’s mandate and its efforts to help strengthen rule of law institutions in Kosovo. Mr. Thran also thanked the Dutch delegation for valuable contribution to EULEX.
Today, EULEX donated vehicles and other essential equipment to the Ministry of Justice.
The donation of the equipment has been signed by the Ministry of Justice, who will divide
the donated assets between the Kosovo Correctional Services and the Institute of Forensic
In this handover, the donation included 4 Nissan Patrol 4x4 vehicles to the Institute of Forensic Medicine and Mobile Radios including accessories and equipment to the Kosovo Correction Service. During the handover, the Ministry of Justice IFM, expressed their appreciation to EULEX in saying, “We are extremely satisfied. Thank you for the continued cooperation and support.”
Speaking of the donation, EULEX representative, Thomas Samsgaard said “The donation of equipment helps Kosovo institutions fulfil their tasks by supporting capacity-building initiatives”.
Yesterday, a group of 20 MA students from the Université de Strasbourg - page officielle studying European Security visited the EULEX Mission as part of a study trip to Kosovo. This is the sixth year that students from Université de Strasbourg have visited EULEX where over the course of a week they visit a variety of institutions to combine textbook theory with real-world application.
Yesterday, EULEX Head of Mission Ms. Alexandra Papadopoulou met with the Missing Persons
Resource Centre (MPRC) co-chairs, Mr.Bajram Qerkini and Mr. Milorad Trifunović, at the
EULEX Headquarters in Pristina. EULEX subject matter experts were also present.
The Missing Persons Resource Centre, an NGO established in March 2017, is focused on coordinating the activities of the families of missing persons in Kosovo in their quest to shed light on the fate of their loved ones. The Centre is supported by UNMIK.
EULEX has been contributing to Kosovo’s search for the missing with a team of forensic experts who work in the Institute of Forensic Medicine within the Kosovo Ministry of Justice. Their efforts to help local authorities determine the fate of the missing are ongoing. In parallel, over the past years, EULEX has been training the local field team to conduct site assessments and exhumations.