EULEX Press Releases

EULEX Press Releases

New Head of Mission to start work February 2013

01 February 2013

04 December 2012

Bernd Borchardt has been appointed new Head of Mission for the EU rule of law mission
in Kosovo, EULEX Kosovo.

Bernd Borchardt

Mr Borchardt, from Germany, will take up his duties on 1 February 2013. He will succeed
Xavier Bout de Marnhac, who had been in the position since 15 October 2010.

The central aim of EULEX Kosovo, launched in 2008, is to assist and support the Kosovo
authorities in the rule of law area, with a specific focus on the judiciary. In 2012, EULEX
Kosovo was reconfigured to make the mission stronger, leaner and more efficient. Staff
was reduced by about 25 % to a maximum of 1250 international and 1000 local staff. The
mission continues to mainly consist of police officers, judges, prosecutors and customs

Today's decision was taken by the EU's Political and Security Committee.


Date of birth: 19 January 1955
Nationality: German
Profession / rank: Diplomat, Ambassador



Psychology and Law, University of Münster, Germany

Languages: German, English, French and Romanian

Professional experience:

Present: Head of Mission EULEX Kosovo designate

2010 to 2012: Coordinator for German Personnel in International Organisations,
Foreign Ministry, Berlin

2007 to 2010: German Ambassador to Albania

2006 to 2007: Deputy Director-General of Asian and Pacific Affairs,
Foreign Ministry, Berlin

2003 to 2006: South Asia Director, Foreign Ministry, Berlin

2002 to 2003: Head of Department "EU External Relations",
Foreign Ministry, Berlin

Before 2002: Various diplomatic postings, including Head of German Office in
Kosovo and as the Deputy Head of the Kosovo Verification Mission