The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo EULEX
EULEX is one of the largest Law-Enforcement Mission in the frameworks of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), launched in February 2008 and reached full Operational capacity in April 2009. The Mission assists the Kosovo Authorities in strengthening the Rule of Law in the areas of Security, Law-Enforcement, Judiciary and Customs.
EULEX Customs and Police Officers received praise for their work 2009 ©The EULEX
EULEX implements its mandate through two operational objectives:
It also fosters contacts with Law-Enforcement and Police, Judicial Authorities in the Region and with INTERPOL and EUROPOL, to ensure their support to all investigations and liaises with relevant Serbian Authorities. The mission consists mainly of: Judges, Prosecutors, Law-Enforcement, Police Officers, and Customs Officials.
With the Headquarters in Pristina, EULEX has a unified Chain of Command to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and to EU Member States (Political and Security Committee). ©The EULEX in Kosovo
The Contributing Nations are from most of EU member States as well as Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States.
Austrian Law-Enforcement and their significant contributions in the EULEX Kosovo October 2014 © Austrian Federal Ministry of Interior
The U.S National Guard working with KFOR and EULEX 2010 © The North Dakota National Guard
Interview with the Deputy Head of EULEX Kosovo
In the first exclusive interview series of 2017, we have the greatest honour to hear point of view from Brigadier General Bernd Thran, Deputy Head of EULEX Kosovo about the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo EULEX.
Brigadier General Bernd Thran, Deputy Head of EULEX Kosovo, 2017 © EULEX/ US EU World Affairs
Q: Herr General would you please give us an overview to EULEX mission and its operational pillars.
First of all allow me to thank you for giving me, and the Mission, the opportunity to explain what EULEX has already achieved and will continue to deliver throughout its current mandate. But back to your question: in June 2016 the Member States of the European Union and the Kosovo Government agreed on a new mandate for EULEX, leading to the creation of a new Operational Plan to direct the Mission’s activities until June 2018 when the current mandate expires. The EULEX mandate consists of two operational objectives: monitoring, mentoring and advising, and executive. These are delivered through the Strengthening and Executive Divisions.
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EULEX on Border Security Training
The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo ‘EULEX’ upgrades the Expertise of its Border Security Officers
May 11, 2106 © EULEX
In the first week of May, EULEX conducted a special Training for the Law-Enforcement on ‘Drug Detection Training Course’. Described by EULUX Public Office, the training was delivered by two UK Border Force Trainers at Pristina International Airport (PIA), and aimed to upgrade the expertise of the the Kosovo Border Police and Customs Officers in the areas of:
- Border Security
- Detect/seizing all categories of prohibited drugs
- And control/interview and arrest the drug traffickers. May 11, 2106 ©EULEX
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The Leadership of Austria in EULEX
Austrian Law-Enforcement in the EULEX Kosovo 2014 © Osterreich BMI
As a EU member State– in the last 50 years Austria has been one of the most important contributor to the European and International Law-Enforcement Missions in overseas, including in the recent years deployments in : Afghanistan, Georgia, Kosovo and Palestine.
The United States ensured more Support for EULEX in Kosovo
The U.S Ambassador and the Head of EULEX, Kosovo, September 25,2015 © The EULEX
The U.S Ambassador Greg Delawie to Kosovo met with the Head of EULEX Mission Gabriele Meucci at EULEX Headquarters to discuss various issues for strengthening the Rule Law in Kosovo. The meeting was to ensure, the United States support for continuation of EULEX Mission.
The Leadership of U.S Army and the National Guard in EULEX
The U.S National Guard and the ‘EULEX CPF’ during training in Kosovo. August 31, 2015 © The U.S Army/Sgt. Erick Yates
The U.S Army and the Alabama National Guard Train the EULEX
In the ongoing process of Enhancement, in August 2015 the U.S. Army EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) technicians form the Alabama National Guard’s 666th, held a special Training for the Security Officers of the Close Protection Force from the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo ‘EULEX’s CPF’ on Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo.
The Training was formulated to upgrade, the Close Protection Force Unite of the EULEX, with the latest techniques on how to detect the explosive devices including the IEDs
European Union Military Operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Leadership of EUFOR in establishing Peace and Stability in Europe
©EUFOR Public Affairs Office 2014
European Union Military Operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Operation ALTHEA is the European Union’s Military Contribution to the Stabilisation and Integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina into the European Family of Nations. The Operation was launched in December 2004. It has contributed to the maintenance of the safe and secure environment in BiH ever since. The launch of Operation ALTHEA followed the decision by NATO to conclude its SFOR-Operation and the adoption by the UN Security Council of resolution 1575 authorizing the deployment of an EU Force (EUFOR) in BiH. The European Union’s Mission Statement.
In the framework of Operation ALTHEA, the EU initially deployed 7000 troops, to ensure continued compliance with the General Framework Agreement for Peace (GFAP) in BiH and to contribute to a safe and secure environment. Operation ALTHEA is carried out with recourse to NATO Assets and Capabilities, under the ‘Berlin Plus Agreement’
- To provide Capacity Building and Training to the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH) and supporting them in their progression towards NATO standards
- To provide deterrence and continued compliance with the responsibility to fulfill the role specified in Annexes 1A and 2 of the Dayton/Paris Agreement (General Framework Agreement for Peace in BiH)
- To contribute to a Safe and Secure environment in BiH, in line with its mandate
- And to achieve core Tasks in the OHR’s Mission Implementation Plan, the Stabilization and Association Process (SAP)
Major General Johann Luif from Austria holds the Commanding Position of the EUFOR BiH (Operation Althea)
©EUFOR Public Affairs Office
The United Kingdom and its Leadership in Western Balkans
The United Kingdom has been long– advocating the path of Western Balkans into European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization by:
- Political Measures: Educational sponsorship, providing help for Training and Reforms for helping the region to be qualified for EU-NATO full Membership.
See implemented and the on going Projects UK and Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Military Presence: for Conflict Prevention and helping the process of Peace and Stability in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) since 2004 in the European Union Force EUFOR
–Just in recent year, in June 2014 the UK Armed-Forced deployed two additional reconnaissance platoons to strengthen the EUFOR capability in BiH.
–In the same year, in response to the request by the EUFOR, the UK Armed-Forces deployed an additional of 95 troops to upgrade the EU Peacekeeping Mission in BiH.
- Multi-Financial Aid Package: for various Social and Economic Projects
–Between 2010- 2015 the UK Foreign office allocated the additional £3 million for supporting the Reforms in Judicial System and promote the Freedom of Media for: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia (and Turkey).
In 2015 Prime Minister David Cameron announced, in EU Summit-Brussels, another package of aid £20 million for Training and Good Governance Fund for Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
New UK funding to build stronger and more Democratic Nations in the Eastern Balkans, 2015
UK Government Policy: Stability in the Western Balkans 2010-2015
See news from UK Diplomatic Mission in BiH
In addition to its outstanding Military Leadership, Austrian Cultural Engagements in Bosnia Herzegovina
Kulturjahr Österreich – Bosnien und Herzegowina 2016
By Catherine Stella Schmidt
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