EU: Rule of law mission in Kosovo a success story

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union says it considers its mission to ensure rule of law in Kosovo, known as EULEX, as a success story that the local authorities should work hard to sustain.

Ten years after starting to help guide Kosovo to independence following its unilateral breakaway from Serbia, Brussels is scaling down its mission from an executive to a monitoring and advisory one.

EULEX head Alexandra Papadopoulou proudly claims that "our biggest success is the fact that we are phasing out."

Kosovo Justice Minister Abelard Tahiri acknowledged EULEX "has helped in building the capacities of the rule of law institutions."

Kosovo's Parliament declared independence from Serbia in 2008, nine years after NATO conducted a 78-day airstrike campaign against Serbia to stop a bloody crackdown against ethnic Albanians.