France and Kosovo


Political relations

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. France-Kosovar political consultations were held on 3 October 2017.

Recent visits

  • 21-22 April 2016: Visit to Kosovo by the Minister of State for European Affairs, Mr Harlem Désir, along with his German counterpart, Mr Michael Roth
  • 4 July 2016: Participation of Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Mr Isa Mustafa, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Enver Hoxhaj, in the Western Balkans Summit in Paris
  • 7-8 December 2016: Visit to France by the Chairman of Kosovo’s Assembly, Mr Kadri Veseli
  • 20 January 2017: Kosovo’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Enver Hoxhaj, received by his French counterpart, Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault
  • 8 November 2017: Mr Behgjet Pacolli, Kosovo’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, received by Ms Nathalie Loiseau, French Minister for European Affairs

Economic relations

France has participated in projects to rebuild the country. France’s (€12 million in 2016) exports mainly include equipment and transport material. France’s imports from Kosovo are mostly made up of textiles. Main French companies present in the country: Interex, Aéroports de Lyon, BNP Paribas. A Francophone business club in Kosovo (KOCAF) was launched in March 2017.

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

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Updated: 18/12/2017

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