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On 22 October 2008, "the Agreement on the Participation of the United States of America
in the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo" entered into force. This is a
distinctive case of the United States participating in a civilian European Security and
Defense Policy (ESDP) mission
The European Union and the United States have a common desire to work together to
support the development of Kosovo's democratic standards, in particular the strengthening
of an independent and multi-ethnic rule of law system. The deployment of the European
Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) throughout Kosovo is of benefit to all the
communities in Kosovo. It is critical for international efforts to deepen rule of law in
Kosovo in order to contribute to greater stability in the region. Deployment of EULEX
staff is continuing apace and EULEX’s initial operational capability is expected to be
declared at the start of December 2008.