Head of EULEX Bernd Borchardt leaves office

PRISTINA - Head of EULEX Bernd Borchardt is set to leave his office, the daily Danas from Belgrade has reported.

Borchardt will leave in around 10 days, after serving for almost 2 years.

He will return to the German Foreign Ministry, which was where he came from in December 2012 to assume the post of the head of EULEX, the mission told Danas in Pristina.

Before coming to Pristina, Borchardt worked at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin as a coordinator for German staff serving in international organisations and as Germany's ambassador to Albania from 2007 to 2010.

Besides numerous diplomatic posts in the German administration and the EU, he was also the head of the German office in Kosovo and the deputy head of the Kosovo Verification Mission.

Borchardt's predecessors at the head of EULEX were French lieutenant generals Xavier Bout de Marnhac, who served from 2010 to 2012, and Yves de Kermabon, 2008-2010.

EULEX started its work in Kosovo in 2008 and its chief task is to support the Kosovo authorities when it comes to the rule of law, especially in relation to the police, judiciary and customs.

The Council of the EU recently extended the EULEX's mandate until June 14, 2016.

Photo Tanjug, R. Prelic (archive)

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