The EU stabilizing the Western Balkans: EULEX Kosovo
Lieu: Pristina, Kosovo
End production: 30/01/2009 First transmission: 23/03/2009
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||Pristina, Kosovo. It’s now 10 years since the end of the war which devastated this part of the Balkans.
Although there is still a lot of work to do, Kosovo today is firmly on the road to reconstruction. The European Union is playing a very active role in the process with European institutions financing numerous programmes in Kosovo and working together with several partners . The NGO CARE International for example that launched, , an empowerment programme of the Roma and related minorities in Kosovo in 2007. A main objective of the programme is to help them to create small activities to improve their living standards. Gezim, for example, was given new machines.
||Gezim Hoti, Member of the Ashkali community: With this equipment I can produce a lot more than
before. With the old machine I had to turn customers away because I couldn’t make the style of clothes they wanted.
||So in December 2008, launched with the unanimous agreement of the 27 member states, the European Union Rule of Law mission, EULEX, officially started work. The aim [of the mission] is to assist and support the Kosovo authorities in the rule of law area, specifically in the police, justice and customs. However, the mission also has some executive powers, in particular to investigate and prosecute serious and sensitive crimes.So European officers have been sent as advisors to all police stations, while European customs officials assist their local counterparts at the border and boundary crossing points and here at Pristina airport. And Kosovan judges and prosecutors are supported by their European counterparts.
||Yves de Kermabon, Head of EULEX (in French) : we received a warm welcome from the institutions in Kosovo. They expect a lot from us in terms of advice and assistance. Perhaps too much, so we had to explain to them that we cannot work miracles.
||EULEX also supports the the Office of Missing People and Forensics in Pristina, which is doing essential work to allow lasting peace and reconciliation: the identification of victims of the war .
Enabling reconciliation, strengthening the rule of law, building independent and effective judiciary, customs and police are essential steps in allowing Kosovo to develop economically and helping it achieve European standards.
||Pieter FEITH, European Union Special Representative (in English) : Kosovo benefits from the European perspective that has been given to the region, a perspective on possible membership and in that sense, the EU
is helping Kosovo in its efforts towards reforms, accepting European values
||Per head of population, the EU gives more to Kosovo than any other place in the world.
Contributing to its economic development, improving the life of all the people of Kosovoand establishing a multi-ethnic and democraticsociety according to European standards, are key priorities for the EU.