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The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise.

We have been in Kosovo since 1999. Every year, we connect with thousands of students, educators, policymakers, academics, researchers, creatives and entrepreneurs in Kosovo.

Our work in Kosovo

In the last fourteen years, since the end of the conflict, Kosovo has achieved notable progress in establishing the foundations of a democratic society and market-led economy. 

After nearly a decade of UN administration, Kosovo became independent in 2008. September 2012 marked the end of the ‘supervised independence’. The 25-country International Steering Group (ISG), set up in 2008 to guide democratic development, promote good governance, multi-ethnicity, and the rule of law, announced its plans - with subsequent support from parliament - to close the International Civilian Office (ICO), thus far the final authority regarding the interpretation of the Comprehensive Settlement Proposal (Ahtisaari Plan). 

On the fifth anniversary of its independence, an EU-brokered accord was reached, aimed at normalising Kosovo-Serbia relations. The deal is considered to be one of the final milestones in the country’s political stabilisation path. It was referred to as ‘a historical deal’ by the EU, not only for Kosovo-Serbia relations, but for the entire Western Balkans region and for the European Union.  It is believed that the deal will open new chapters for both countries, supporting them in getting closer to the EU. In Kosovo’s case this means starting the Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP).