Kosovo: Rule of Law

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th May 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, in particular in establishing an independent judiciary and prosecution service, and in preventing (1) the corruption of officials, and (2) the trafficking in persons and drugs.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) has made a significant contribution to supporting Kosovo's judicial, prosecutorial and law enforcement systems. Despite a challenging operational environment, we assess that EULEX has tried many criminal cases including serious and organised crime, and war crimes, which Kosovan institutions would have struggled to address in isolation. EULEX's formal work on trafficking ceased several years ago. However, it is EU Member States collective view that the time is right for its judicial and prosecutorial functions to cease, and other functions gradually to transition to other institutions. We welcome the fact that cases and capability will continue to be transferred to Kosovan institutions as part of that transition.

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