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Borchardt: An important time for Kosovo to improve the rule of law

8 March 2013

The EULEX Head of Mission, Bernd Borchardt, attended the first Joint Rule of Law Coordination Board (JRCB) for 2013. The meeting was hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuci, who co-chaired the event together with Borchardt and EU Special Representative Samuel Zbogar. Also in attendance were Minister of Internal Affairs Bajram Rexhepi and Minister of European Integration Vlora Citaku.

     

"I am very pleased to participate in my first JRCB meeting together with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Hajredin Kuci and European Union Special Representative, Samuel Zbogar. This is an important time for Kosovo, and for improving the rule of law. Together we are making progress but more work needs to be done. We have identified those areas where we expect to see progress in the coming weeks and months," Borchardt said.

The participants in the JRCB meeting focused on several issues including the Financial Intelligence Unit, the Kosovo Correctional Service, the Kosovo Special Prosecution Office, and creating a mechanism to track the objectives of the Compact on Joint Rule of Law Objectives for the period until June 2014.

"As I have said before, we all have responsibilities here, and EULEX for its part will focus on increasing joint executive activities and enhancing our strengthening efforts. This reflects our partnership, builds capacity, and supports a gradual phasing out," Borchardt concluded.