The Council of the EU agreed, on 5 June, to extend the EU rule of law mission to Kosovo (EULEX) by two years, until 14 June 2014, with a budget of €111 million for the first year. The mission will, however, be downsized, with an overall staff reduction of about 25%. As of June 2012, the authorised maximum staff will be 1,250 international and 1,000 local, down from 1,950 and 1,200, respectively, the Council explains. The mission will continue to mainly consist of police officers, judges, prosecutors and customs officials. “In the future more and more responsibility will need to be taken over by the local authorities,” High Representative Catherine Ashton said as she encouraged “the Kosovo authorities to make use of the EULEX expertise as the mission is adapting to changing circumstances and progress already made”.