The Executive Director of KCSS provided some lessons on the role and profile of the European Union (EU) Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo - EULEX - as one of EU’s largest instruments of Common Security and Defence Policy. The findings predominantly refered to the interaction between EULEX and local actors examined by applying the concept of local ownership.

The concept highlights the extent to which local actors exercise control or influence over the initiation and implementation of security institutions building especially in the countries with the legacy of international protectorate.

This presentation answered the key questions as provided in the related local ownership source of “How can the EU missions support local actors in undertaking the Security Sector Reform?” while critically evaluating the usual question of “How can EU missions undertake Security Sector Reform in different countries?” Further, the presentation particularly offered some empirical examples on interplay between EULEX and Kosovo Police, with the former continuing to have a robust role. Further, there was reference to the discourse used in the interaction as well as public trust towards the EU mission.

The methodology and part of the findings reflects the research conducted under the “Western Balkans Think Tank Consortium” entitled “From Conflict Zone to Security Community” which is supported by the Research Council of Norway.