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Press Release

Joint Rule of Law Coordination Board meeting is held

22 January 2014

Prishtina, 22 January 2014; Joint Rule of Law Coordination Board held today its first meeting in this year. This meeting was hosted by Prof. Dr. Hajredin Kuçi, Deputy-Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, and was co-chaired by Bernd Borchardt, Head of EULEX Mission in Kosovo, and Samuel Žbogar, Head of EU Office and EU Special Representative.


Issues of importance for the area of rule of law within the Compact of Roadmaps were discussed in the meeting, focusing specifically on challenges in the areas of anti-corruption, witness protection, matters related to the transfer of prisoners, and security at correctional and detention centres, with particular emphasis on the High Security Prison. Also, during the meeting discussion took place on property issues, Kosovo Property Agency, and Appeals Panel, respectively the current situation and progress made and on steps still to be undertaken for the implementation of the Roadmap. Among others, the work of Forensic Department and the need for further capacity building of this institution were discussed in the meeting.

During the meeting, Dpt.-Prime Minister Kuçi said that: "Rule of Law remains a priority for the Government of Kosovo. We were and remain committed to implement all Roadmaps that have been approved within this Board. We will continue to work towards the consolidation of legal infrastructure, establishment of functioning structures and building complete capacities of Kosovo institutions in order to discharge such duties as set out by the law. Our goal is to establish a functioning and efficient system of justice, and to provide the citizens with an easier access to justice."

EULEX

Žbogar added that: "European Union and Kosovo have just concluded a successful session of Structured Dialogue in Brussels last week. We agreed on some activities aiming at Kosovo's institutional capacity building in ownership and accountability in the area of Rule of Law, and the ways how EU could continue to support these Kosovo efforts." – said Zbogar.

Head of EULEX Mission, Bernd Borchardt, noted that: "This Joint Rule of Law Coordination Board meeting provided us with the opportunity to assess what has been achieved throughout these months in relation to the implementation of the Compact, which we have signed in November 2012. We have particularly discussed the challenges of roadmaps adopted on previous occasions. Discussions were focused on anti-corruption actions, where more needs to be done. JRCB shall, on regular basis, review the progress. Issue of political interference was also discussed. Hopefully, in the next meeting we will adopt a kit of measures to combat political interference. I would like to use this opportunity and call on all Kosovo institutions to intensify their efforts in addressing the tasks emerging from the agreed Compact and the Roadmaps that have as yet not been fulfilled."