France recognized Kosovo on 18 February 2008, the day after its declaration of independence. It has been actively involved in settling the issue of Kosovo, firstly as a member of the Contact Group and then, after 2004, during negotiations on its status. Our two countries maintain regular political dialogue. Bilateral consultations were held for first time in Paris on 3 October 2017. The second consultations took place in Pristina from 5 to 7 November 2018.
Visit to Paris by President Thaçi and Kosovo’s Minister of Foreign Affairs for the 11 November commemorations and the Paris Peace Forum. Joint visit by the Kosovan Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs (11 December 2018) for the High-Level Meeting of the French-German Coordination Initiative on Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Western Balkans. Visit to Paris by the Kosovan Minister of Finance (27-28 February 2019).
France has participated in projects to rebuild the country. France’s exports (€10 million in 2017) mainly include equipment and transport material. France’s imports from Kosovo are mostly made up of textiles. The major French businesses in Kosovo include: Interex, Aéroports de Lyon and BNP Paribas. A Francophone business club in Kosovo (KOCAF) was launched in March 2017. The first Francophone Investment Forum was held in Pristina on 26 October 2018.
Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation
France has cooperation activities in Kosovo in the institutional and academic fields, as well as in justice, law and archaeology. It also runs renowned cultural projects on the Kosovan cultural scene, involving activities in the fields of cinema, music, heritage, and the promotion of French language teaching and the French-speaking world. Our cultural cooperation network draws in particular on the Alliance française branch in Pristina.