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The Republic of Kosovo’s foreign policy priorities include obtaining international recognition, gaining membership in international organizations, and making progress on its goal of full Euro-Atlantic integration through the European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008, was recognized by Canada on March 18, 2008 and established full diplomatic relations on April 7, 2009
In Kosovo, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Croatia. Kosovo is represented in Canada by its Embassy in Ottawa, which was established in 2015.
Bilateral relations between Canada and Kosovo are good, and show potential for continued development as the relationship between the two countries continues to grow. Canada is satisfied that Kosovo has committed itself to the protection of the rights of minorities, including their cultural and religious heritage, and notes that the country’s constitution reflects these commitments. The development of Kosovo into a democratic, multi-ethnic state that fully respects human rights is essential for peace, political stability and economic progress in the Balkans.
Kosovo’s economy is developing and is showing progress in its transition to a stable and market-based system. The World Bank Group’s report Doing Business recognized Kosovo’s reform efforts in improving its business environment. In the 2020 report, Kosovo is ranked 57th out of 190 countries surveyed - an improvement from 75th place in 2014 but a deterioration from 40th place in 2018.
Since 1992, Canada has provided over $135 million in development assistance to Kosovo.
Canada continues to provide small grants through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, to assist local partners in Kosovo with projects aimed at improving respect for the rule of law and human rights, increasing citizen engagement and combatting corruption.
Partnerships and organizations
To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Kosovo work closely in multilateral fora, such as:
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