Solana announces EULEX deployment

EU Foreign and Security Policies Chief Javier Solana has stated that EULEX has reached “its initial operative capacities” and will begin work on December 9.

Source: B92, Beta

“Once the mission starts working in Kosovo, there'll be many improvements. It'll handle not only technical jobs but will work to bolster the rule of law and tackle crime and corruption. The mission will offer assurance to all communities in Kosovo, increase their freedom of movement, facilitate investments, and create a better life in Kosovo,” Solana said.

“Initially, there will be 1,300 international officials within EULEX. We will have several months for the mission to reach its full operative level of 1,900 people, plus another 1,000 local officials who will work with us,” the EU high representative explained.

After consultations with the EU’s political-security committee, European Union member-states will also be informed of the deployment plan.

Solana said that “this mission shows the strong commitment to the Western Balkans” and that it will “enhance stability in the entire region.”

He also praised the new EU Civilian Operations Commander Kees Klompenhouwer, stating that the mission will “help attain European standards in police, judicial, customs and penal-correctional sectors in Kosovo.”

Solana said that EULEX “will be vital for consolidating the rule of law and strengthening multi-ethnic institutions to help all communities in Kosovo.”

EULEX will implement the mandate it received from the “United Action” plan adopted by the EU Council of Ministers in February.