The Civil Protection units in North Kosovo were operating outside Kosovo’s legal framework despite the fact that the Brussels Agreement implicitly envisaged disbanding all Serbian parallel security structures in Kosovo. The very perception of Civil Protection’s existence was different – while the Serbian community in Kosovo observed Civil Protection as a structure with a sole purpose of providing assistance to civilians in emergency situations, Kosovo’s Government and international institutions saw it as an illegal paramilitary structure that had to be disbanded.
Part of the Brussels Agreement envisaged the integration of civil protection into Kosovo’s equivalent institutions.
The agreement on Civil Protection’s integration envisaged abolition of Civil Protection units in North Kosovo, their integration with the “civic” institutions of Kosovo and closing down of all facilities, offices and warehouses used by its former members in the North and their handover to Kosovo’s institutions.
In April 2015, Civil Protection was disbanded and its members got retired. Until early 2016, 479 members got integrated with 24 Kosovo’s institutions.