Kosovo's EU candidate status: a goal within reach

Zephyr Dessus, Albana Rexha, Albana Merja, Corina Stratulat
Content Type
Special Report
European Policy Centre
Ever since its declaration of independence in 2008, Kosovo has made European integration one of its key foreign policy objectives. Having made headway over the past years in its efforts to draw nearer to the European Union – most recently by signing a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU – Kosovo is now eager to take the next step in its EU integration process: to apply for EU membership and receive candidate status. However, with five member states still unwilling to recognise its statehood, Kosovo finds itself in a unique and difficult position regarding its eligibility to advance towards the EU and eventually accede to the European Union.
International Affairs, Political and institutional effectiveness
Political Geography