08 June 2010
The Council adopted a decision extending the European Union rule of law mission in Kosovo (EULEX Kosovo) for a period of two years until 14 June 2012.
This decision underlines the EU's strong commitment to Kosovo, to the rule of law in particular and Kosovo's European perspective. EULEX Kosovo is the largest civilian mission ever launched under the EU's common security and defence policy. In partnership with Kosovo's institutions, the aim of the mission is to assist the authorities and law enforcement agencies in their progress towards sustainability and accountability. It will further develop and strengthen an independent and multi-ethnic justice system and a multi-ethnic police and customs service, ensuring that these institutions are free from political interference and adhering to internationally recognised standards and European best practices.
The mission, in full co-operation with the other EU assistance programmes, will implement its mandate through monitoring, mentoring and advising, while retaining certain executive responsibilities. EULEX Kosovo was established on 4 February 2008 under joint action 2008/124/CFSP, and was due to expire on 14 June 2010. It reached its full initial capability in December 2008 and its full operational capability in April 2009. The mission is implementing its mandate throughout Kosovo.