Kosovo: EU aid for law and order criticised by auditors

( BBC Oct. 30)


The EU law and order mission in Kosovo is inefficient and the territory remains plagued by organised crime and corruption, European auditors say. EU help for Kosovo’s police and judiciary “has had only modest success”, says the Court of Auditors, whose job is to scrutinise EU spending.

Per capita, Kosovo is the biggest recipient of EU aid in the world.

Serbia – which lost control of Kosovo after a war and Nato bombing in 1999 – does not accept its independence. [But don’t connect what’s being reported here to why that might be.]

In a statement on Tuesday, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said Kosovo’s judiciary “continues to suffer from political interference, inefficiency and a lack of transparency and enforcement”.

It also highlighted “important shortcomings” in witness protection and lamented the failure to extend the rule of law to northern Kosovo, where minority Serbs loyal to Belgrade reject Pristina’s authority. [There they go, not connecting it. In other words: Let’s spread the Kosovo disease to every last inch of the territory.]

The ECA says that from 1999 to 2007, Kosovo received 3.5bn euros (£2.8bn; $4.5bn) in donor assistance….From 2007 to 2011, EU assistance for the rule of law in Kosovo totalled about 1.2bn euros…

EU governments seconded insufficient and unqualified staff to Eulex, and for too short periods, the ECA said, and co-operation between the EU police agency Europol and Eulex “is subject to legal restrictions”. […]