Kosovo*

Population 1.8 million

Kosovo is a potential candidate for European Union membership. The EU is Kosovo’s most important political and economic partner, and top investor and donor. Funding programmes and cooperation extend across many areas – energy efficiency, infrastructure development, training for disadvantaged young people, cultural heritage…and much more. Many challenges remain, and significant progress is needed to strengthen the rule of law, tackle corruption, and work towards a cleaner environment. EU support to Kosovo seeks to build on progress so far and create a better future for its citizens.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Opportunities

Connectivity, Environment

Coal regions exchange programme

The coal region-to-region exchange programme is an opportunity for regions from the Western Balkans and Ukraine and counterparts in the EU to start direct, one-to-one dialogue and to connect with a range of stakeholders. As part of the programme, participants can benefit from opportunities to share experiences including study visits and knowledge exchange, with expert support.

Training courses & educational programmes
Civil society organisations, Public sector bodies, Researchers, Other
30/09/2021
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Culture and youth

Apply for the Global Cultural Relations Programme 2021

The Global Cultural Relations Programme is a training programme that aims to connect cultural professionals from all over the globe. By participating in this training activity, you will be able to develop lifelong skills, increase your knowledge, build your international network, and develop concrete international collaboration projects with your peers.

Training courses & educational programmes
Artists & culture organisations, Other
04/10/2021
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Latest news

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Working together to protect marine life: #EUBeachCleanup Albania

20 September 2021
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€14.2 billion to help accession countries implementing EU-related reforms

16 September 2021
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“The Future is on Tracks” Western Balkans Rail Summit

16 September 2021
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Join the 2021 European Researchers’ Night

13 September 2021
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EU-Western Balkans meeting on fight against firearms trafficking

9 September 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina + 4
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Young people meet to challenge history and shape a shared future

6 September 2021
Albania + 4
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COVID-19: EU travel restrictions lifted for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia

1 September 2021
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Young European Ambassadors celebrate first birthday

25 August 2021
Albania + 5
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Vote for the next group of Young European Ambassadors!

23 August 2021
Kosovo
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Opportunity for basic journalism training for high school students in Kosovo

20 August 2021
Kosovo
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Film excellence recognised with awards at Kosovo’s EU Film Festival

6 August 2021
Kosovo
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European Film Festival in Kosovo

23 July 2021
Kosovo
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EU Awards for Investigative Journalism presented in Kosovo

23 July 2021
Albania + 5
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EU expertise now available as TAIEX webinars

23 July 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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EU extends the mandates of the EUSRs in BiH and Kosovo

21 July 2021
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EU allocates €13.5 million for civil society in the Western Balkans

13 July 2021
Kosovo
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EU-funded project announces winners of best environmental journalism in Kosovo

13 July 2021
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The deadline for a new call for Young European Ambassadors extended to 30 July

12 July 2021
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YEAs go to EXIT Festival

12 July 2021
Kosovo
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Call for entries to EU-funded short film competition in Kosovo

9 July 2021
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Young people create regional youth agenda for the Western Balkans

9 July 2021
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EU funded PowerUP programme announces winners of Western Balkan Excellence Award

6 July 2021
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Berlin Summit: Western Balkans strengthen regional cooperation and foster closer ties with the EU

6 July 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina + 2
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Team Europe – accelerating recovery of Western Balkan SMEs from COVID-19 impact

5 July 2021
Kosovo
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Anti-corruption public awareness event continues Western Balkans tour

5 July 2021
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The Western Balkans becomes a roaming free zone

1 July 2021
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Western Balkans Youth Forum 2021 kicks off today!

29 June 2021
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The pandemic reshapes TAIEX and Twinning

26 June 2021
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Commissioner Várhelyi at Tirana Summit with the Western Balkans leaders

11 June 2021
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New call for Young European Ambassadors

9 June 2021
Kosovo
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Basic journalism training for high school students in Kosovo

4 June 2021
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Political agreement on €14.2 billion Pre-Accession Assistance Instrument

4 June 2021
Kosovo + 2
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EU disburses a further €460 million to mitigate economic fallout of COVID-19

2 June 2021
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The RCC presents winners of the BALKATHON 2.0 competition

2 June 2021
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Young designer from Albania wins Berlin Process logo competition

2 June 2021
Kosovo
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“How do I see you?” – brings together youth from Kosovo and Serbia

2 June 2021
Kosovo
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BIRN and IPI launch a call for training Kosovo journalists

2 June 2021
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Training programme for CSOs in the Western Balkans and Turkey

2 June 2021
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Grants for promoting digital agenda for Western Balkan CSOs

28 May 2021
Kosovo
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EU in Kosovo launches a call for proposal to support startups

28 May 2021
Albania
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New call for cross border projects Albania-Kosovo

28 May 2021
Kosovo
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New call for cross border projects Montenegro-Kosovo

28 May 2021
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Open call for storytelling workshop for young people

28 May 2021
Kosovo + 2
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Open call for “Balkan Messengers” training course

28 May 2021
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Over €2 billion from EU to support culture, including Western Balkans

28 May 2021
Kosovo
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EU and EBRD support the recovery of Kosovo SMEs from COVID-19 crisis

20 May 2021
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EU invests an additional €40 million to help ease impact of COVID-19 crisis

20 May 2021
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Western Balkan Youth Talks: how can the EU connect better with youth?

11 May 2021
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#EuropeDay – the EU throws open its virtual doors!

7 May 2021
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Commissioner Várhelyi travels to the Western Balkans as first EU funded vaccines arrive

3 May 2021
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EU Open Data Days – Shaping our future with open data

30 April 2021
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EU and EFSE unleash additional €40 million in response to the pandemic

30 April 2021
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TAIEX flagship event: taking the European Green Deal beyond EU borders

29 April 2021
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The EU supports Western Balkans with a new project on prevention of radicalisation

23 April 2021
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The EU and Austria secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Western Balkans

23 April 2021
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The Power of a Hashtag – Online Youth Activism Event

13 April 2021
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Balkan Trafik festival celebrates its 15th anniversary online

13 April 2021
Kosovo
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EU funded training on fact-checking for Kosovo journalists

31 March 2021
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Erasmus+ brings over €26.2 billion to support mobility and cooperation

31 March 2021
Kosovo
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Call for applications for students and young journalists in Kosovo

19 March 2021
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New Youth Newsroom for young journalists in South East Europe and Turkey

17 March 2021
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EFSE facilitates prizes and visibility for women entrepreneurs in tech

5 March 2021
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EU and UN Women address the violence against women in the Western Balkans

5 March 2021
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RCC webinars on tourism products for new markets

5 March 2021
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RCC awards six innovative digital solution projects on tourism in the Western Balkans

2 March 2021
Kosovo
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RYCO and EU fund new project in Kosovo

25 February 2021
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Skills gap growing in EU neighbourhood

24 February 2021
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EU supports vaccination efforts in the Western Balkans

19 February 2021
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EU launches the secretariat of a new initiative for coal regions in transition

19 February 2021
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RYCO and EU fund new project in Montenegro

18 February 2021
Kosovo
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Informal exploratory talks with Kosovo for association to Horizon Europe

11 February 2021
Kosovo
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Virtual exhibition “New Year, New Artists, New Hopes” is now open

9 February 2021
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Applications now open for 2021 EU Award for Roma integration

8 February 2021
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High school debates crossing borders in the Western Balkans

5 February 2021
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The EIB Group boosts financing for the Western Balkans in 2020

3 February 2021
Kosovo
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Green financing boost for farmers in Kosovo

2 February 2021
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Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) launches the 2021 Social Cohesion Award to recognise outstanding social action in Europe

22 January 2021
Kosovo
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The Head of the EU Office in Kosovo / EU Special Representative Tomáš Szunyog visits Kosovo’s northern municipalities

22 December 2020
Kosovo
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The EU Office in Kosovo/ EUSR joins global campaign for the elimination of violence against women

22 December 2020
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The Regional Cooperation Council and UNDP launch Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative

10 December 2020
Kosovo
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European Commission approves financial assistance of over €138 million for Kosovo

9 September 2020
Kosovo
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Team Europe: fighting the pandemic and infodemic in the Western Balkans, including Kosovo

6 August 2020
Kosovo
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Tomáš Szunyog appointed as new EU Special Representative for Kosovo

31 July 2020
Kosovo
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The European Commission signs macro-financial assistance loan agreement with Kosovo worth up to €100 million

30 July 2020

Key milestones

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2013

April

‘Brussels Agreement’ between Belgrade and Pristina signed

2016

April

The Stabilisation and Association Agreement between EU and Kosovo enters into force

2016

May

The European Commission proposes visa-free travel for the people of Kosovo

2016

October

First meeting of the EU-Kosovo Stabilisation and Association Council

2018

July

Commission confirms that Kosovo has fulfilled all outstanding visa liberalisation benchmarks

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