Prishtina, November 16, 2021 - The Republic of Kosovo and that of France have deepened interstate cooperation, signing the Declaration of Expression of Interest aimed at establishing stable, strategic and territorial relations between the two countries.
The commitment was signed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Liza Gashi, Minister of Culture Mr Hajrullah Çeku, Minister of Education, Mrs Arbërie Nagaci, and the Ambassador of France to Kosovo, Marie-Christine Butel.
Taking into account the spirit of the existing cooperation between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of France, as well as the accession of Kosovo as an associate member to the International Organization of La Francophonie in October 2018, the parties have expressed readiness to expand cooperation to strengthen this relationship.
With this agreement, the Kosovar side and the French side, have expressed interest in supporting various projects and organizations between Kosovo and France, with conventional, financial and human means, within a calendar 2022 - 2024.
The projects belong to the field of culture, cultural diplomacy and education.
Appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, the festival in Avingon, and the partnership with La Manufucture, are just some of the projects aimed at cooperation between Kosovo and France, even in co-production of films.
Another important point is the support of the European and territorial creative industry, in particular by the French Embassy in Kosovo, and the Kosovo Embassy in France, for the benefit of the first cooperation projects (Horizon Europe / ENFORCE, Creative Europe / Les Jardins de la Paix, the first territorial reflections (in Hauts-de-France ...), for the benefit of cooperation and 'twinning'.
Kosovo became an observer member of the International Organization of La Francophonie in 2014, and has since embarked on a proactive policy to promote French-language radiation in the country.
In 2017, the University of Prishtina joined the network of the University Agency of Francophonie, and in the same year, the French International School of Prishtina opened ‘its doors’.
In 2018, Kosovo became an associate member of the International Organization of La Francophonie, and the French Embassy together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo launched a French language learning program for Kosovar officials and diplomats.
Also functional is the Francophone National Initiative 2019-2022 (IFN), 50% co-financed program between the Government of Kosovo and the Organization of the Francophonie, where its purpose is to increase the competencies of the French language with specific objectives.