A picture taken on November 27, 2008 shows policemen of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) near Pristina. AFP / Armend NIMANI
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The European Union wound up its decade-long law enforcement and justice presence in Kosovo on Thursday but critics said the mission failed to root out endemic crime and corruption in the tiny Balkan country.The EULEX mission was tasked with fighting corruption and organised crime as well as prosecuting war crimes cases, dating from the 1998-99 conflict, that were seen as too sensitive to be handled by local judges.The EU judges failed to convict some high-ranking Kosovo officials on charges of corruption and organized crime even after their arrests, which were hailed as big successes.After EULEX shuts down, the EU will keep around 500 employees, both local and international, to monitor Kosovo institutions as well as around 90 police officers from Poland.
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