European Foreign Affairs Review

Volume 20 (2015)

Volume 20 (2015) / Issue 1

Stephen Rozée, 'Order-Maintenance in Kosovo: The EU as an Increasingly Comprehensive Police Actor?' (2015) 20 European Foreign Affairs Review, Issue 1, pp. 97–114


This article presents an examination of the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) with a focus on the policing area of order-maintenance. It argues that while much scholarly attention has been given to the EU's role in crime-fighting, less has been said about its increasing involvement with order-maintenance, which is a central element of policing. EULEX, which is the EU's largest civilian mission to date, has been involved with a range of executive tasks such as riot control as well as the reforming and training of local police in Kosovo; this article argues that the Mission's activities contribute to all of the functions that comprise the policing area of order-maintenance. The EU's increasingly comprehensive involvement with policing activities is shown to significantly contribute to the Union's ambitions as a security actor. However, the case of EULEX demonstrates that only some aspects of the EU's aims as an actor in policing have been fully achieved in practice.

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