The EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo will keep limited responsibilities, even after the end of its current mandate on 14 June.
The EULEX Mission will keep certain limited executive responsibilities in the areas of witness protection and support for the specialist chambers and the specialist prosecutor’s office, as well as responsibility for ensuring the maintenance and promotion of security as second security responder. The European Council said on Friday that the EULEX would hand over to local authorities the tasks of its judges and prosecutors operating in Kosovo, with Kosovo to "assume responsibility for all transferred investigations, prosecutions and trials."
The European Council in a press release confirmed that as of 14 June, the mission will concentrate on: monitoring selected cases and trials in Kosovo's criminal and civil justice institutions; monitoring, mentoring and advising the Kosovo correctional service; continuing its operational support for the implementation of EU-facilitated dialogue agreements for the normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo.
The Council decision provides for the revised mandate to run until 14 June 2020. It also allocates a combined budget for the mission's operations in Kosovo and for the specialist chambers and the specialist prosecutor's office of EUR 169.8 million for two years (15 June 2018 - 14 June 2020). The budget will cover the EULEX Kosovo mission's expenditure of EUR 83.6 million for the implementation of its mandate in Kosovo. EUR 86.2 million will support the specialist chambers and the specialist prosecutor's office. EULEX Kosovo was launched in 2008. The headquarters of the mission are located in Prishtinë/Priština, Kosovo. Alexandra Papadopoulou has been the head of mission since 20 July 2016. On 5 June 2018 the Political and Security Committee extended her mandate until 14 June 2019.