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Between the 27th and 31st March, a Study Visit to the UK was organised by EULEX in partnership with the UK Customs International Liaison Office and the U.S. Department of State - Export Control and Related Border Security Program (EXBS), who sponsored the visit. The Study Visit to UK Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies responsible for Border Security was targeted at developing Kosovo Border Management and in particular, the National Centre for Border Management (NCBM).
The Humanitarian Law Centre in Kosovo published its 2016 Annual Report on War Crimes and Ethnically and Politically Motivated Crimes in Kosovo. The report was presented during a round table discussion, with the participation of the Minister of Justice, the British Ambassador to Kosovo, the Head of SPRK, and the Kosovo Judicial Council.
EULEX experts Alan Wilson and Luca Zonta from the Advisory Unit on Police and Border Matters participated in the 1st Regional Meeting of the SEED Maintenance and Development Project and SEED-CEFTA Joint Workshop 22-23 March in Montenegro. The Systematic Electronic Exchange of Data (SEED) is a project that serves to enhance the administrative capacity of the beneficiaries in the exchange of information with other regional Law Enforcement Agencies.
Marianne Fennema, Head of Legal Office and Human Rights in EULEX, spoke yesterday about EULEX's mandate at the University of Graz. The conference on 'New Challenges for the Internal and External Security Policy of the EU' and was attended by students, diplomats and academics working in this field.
EULEX, together with the EU Office, briefed an economic mission from Austria, composed of representatives from the Austrian Ministry of Economy, Austrian Chamber of Commerce and Austrian companies, during their visit to Kosovo.
Two students, Alexia Cussac and Myrtis Vinas-Roudieres, from the ‘Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature’ in France visited EULEX’s Police HQ (PHQ) and the Palace of Justice. While at PHQ, they spoke with the Legal Officer, Marc Meslin, who works in the Office of the Chief EULEX Prosecutor.
Today, EULEX Head of Mission, Ms. Alexandra Papadopoulou met with a delegation from the British Government, the Stabilisation Unit's Capability Team, and the Ministry of Defence Police. At the meeting, Ms. Papadopoulou informed the delegation on the mission’s mandate and efforts to strengthen the Rule of Law in Kosovo. The team is visiting Kosovo with the intent to change the perceptions of International Policing in the UK, with the ultimate goal of increasing the participation of UK officers.
Today, EULEX Head of Mission, Ms. Alexandra Papadopoulou, met with Prof. Dr. Jan De Groof, UNESCO Chair for Education and President of the European Association for Education, Law and Policy. During the meeting, Ms. Papadopoulou briefed Professor De Groof about the Mission’s current mandate and efforts to strengthen the Rule of Law in Kosovo.
EULEX Head of Mission, Ms. Alexandra Papadopoulou visited north Kosovo and met with the mayors of Leposavic and Zvecan. In separate meetings they discussed important matters for the local community like the freedom of movement, civil registration and license plates. Ms. Papadopoulou underlined the need for the continuous constructive engagement of the mayors, emphasizing that such cooperation is of crucial importance for the local community.