About us

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this cultural relations.

We build trust and understanding for the UK to create a safer and more prosperous world. In terms of our reach and impact, we are the world’s leading cultural relations organisation. Cultural relations is a component of international relations which focuses on developing people-to-people links and complements government-to-people and government-to-government contact. 

We use English, Arts, and Education and Society – the best of the UK’s great cultural assets – to bring people together and to attract partners to work with the UK. The British Council has over 7,000 staff working in 191 offices in 110 countries and territories. 

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).