Estonia recognised Kosovo’s independence on 21 February 2008, making it the 12th country to do so. Diplomatic ties were established between Estonia and Kosovo on 24 April 2008 in Tallinn.
Estonia’s ambassador to Kosovo is Eve-Külli Kala, who presented her credentials on 29 March 2011. The ambassador resides in Vienna. Kosovo’s current chargé d’Affaires is Mr Sedat Burrniku.
|May 2017||Foreign Minister Sven Mikser|
|March 2010||Justice Minister Rein Lang|
|February 2010||Minister of Defence Jaak Aaviksoo’s visit to Kosovo, during the course of which the Defence Forces’ mission to Kosovo was ended|
|November 2008||Prime Minister Andrus Ansip and Commander of the Defence Forces Ants Laaneots|
|June 2007||Foreign Minister Urmas Paet|
|February 2006||Foreign Minister Urmas Paet’s visit to Kosovo, which was technically part of the Republic of Serbia and being administered by a UN mission (UNMIK)|
|November 2018||Minister of European Integration Dhurata Hoxha|
|December 2016||Minister of Finance Avdullah Hoti|
|October 2015||Minister of European Integration Bekim Çollaku|
|May 2013||Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj|
|June 2012||Speaker Jakup Krasniqi|
|May 2011||Minister for European Integration Vlora Citaku|
|March 2010||Prime Minister Hashim Thaci on a working visit to Estonia. The delegation accompanying the minister included the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Idriz Vehapi, Minister of Public Administration Arsim Bajrami and Minister of Trade and Industry Lutfi Zharku|
|April 2008||Deputy Prime Minister Ramë Manaj and Minister of Public Administration Arsim Bajram|
There was Estonia-Kosovo parliamentary group in the Riigikogu during the period of 2016-2019 (Mart Nutt was the chairman of this parliamentary group). Currently, there is no Estonia-Kosovo parliamentary group in the Riigikogu. In 2016, Estonia-Kosovo parliamentary group was established in the Parliament of Kosovo, which is headed by Slobodan Petrovic.
On 17 May 2013, the government of the Republic of Estonia and the government of the Republic of Kosovo signed an agreement and implementation protocol for the readmission of persons residing without authorisation. In 2010 an agreement on agricultural cooperation was signed.
Economic cooperation between Estonia and Kosovo has been minimal. In 2018, the trade turnover was 514 thousand euros, consisting only of export.
- In September 2019, delegation of Ministry of Finance of Estonia participated in the study trip dedicated to x-road and cyber security (organized by Centre of Registers and Information Systems).
- In April 2017 three Kosovo’s journalists participated in the study trip organized by Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School.
- In January 2017, delegation of Kosovo’s Tax and Customs Authority participated in the study trip organized by e-Governance Academy. This study trip focused on the issues related to taxation and e-state.
- 2014 marked the end of the project "The Promotion of Sustainable Development in Kosovo: the promotion and implementation of waste management and water management practises by Estonian municipalities", which was aimed at introducing and implementing environmental practices in Kosovo, which had been successfully implemented in Estonia. The Estonian side was conducted by the Harju County Entrepreneurship and Development Consultancy.
- In March of 2014, an open government project ended between the e-Governance Academy and Kosovo, which was carried out in collaboration with UNDP, with the goal of supporting the promotion of open government, open law-making and involvement with the help of new technologies.
- In the first half of 2011 the joint merger project of Estonia and Finland began, through which we advised Kosovo on the creation of a school of security sciences. The Estonian Academy of Security Sciences participated on behalf of Estonia.
- Between 2009 and November 2011, the Foreign Ministry supported the international civilian mission in Kosovo with 209 778 euros.
- In March 2011 Kosovar NGOs (Kosovar Civil Society Foundation, KCSF, and EU Information Office) were in Estonia for a study visit. The goal of the visit was to gather information on Estonia’s experience with acceding to the EU.
- Between 2008 and 2010 six students from Kosovo participated in master’s studies at the Estonian University of Life Sciences within the framework of the EU project “Support to European Integration”.
- From 1-6 July 2009 a group of 7 diplomats from Kosovo attended an international relations training course organised by the Estonian School of Diplomacy and the Foreign Ministry.
- A group of 27 municipal leaders and officials were in Estonia from 1-8 March 2009 for an e-government and information and communication technology-related training visit.
- Within the framework of the Kosovo Donors’ Conference on 11 July 2008, Estonia decided to donate 1 million US dollars to the development of Kosovo.
- From 15-22 August 2008, a 20-member delegation from Kosovo (mostly made up of officials from ministries, including many deputy ministers) attended a training on information and communication technology and e-governance in Estonia organised by the e-Governance Academy.
Participation in peacekeeping operations in Kosovo
Bilateral defence cooperation between Estonia and Kosovo is minimal. Defence attaché of Kosovo has been accredited to Estonia (resides in Stockholm).
However, the Estonian Defence Forces have participated in various peacekeeping missions in Kosovo since 1999. The termination of the Defence Forces’ Kosovo mission took place during the visit of Minister of Defence Jaak Aaviksoo on 8 February 2010. Estonia continued to contribute to the KFOR mission with two Estonian staff officers till November 2018.
Estonia participates to the UNMIK mission with one contract agent.
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