FAQ – We regularly get mails with questions concerning the Eurovision Song Contest. In the new category FAQ we will try to answer these questions. Today we deal with the participation of Europe’s newest country: Kosovo.
After Kosovo’s independence in 2008, the national broadcaster Radio Televizioni i Kosovës (RTK) applied for membership in the EBU (European Broadcasting Union). Membership of the national broadcaster in the EBU is the prerequesite for a Eurovision participation. However, in order to become a member of the EBU, the broadcaster first needs to be a member of the International Telecomunications Union (ITU). And there we have the problem: In order to become a member of the ITU, the country needs to be a member of the United Nations. As Kosovo is still not recognised as an independent country by many countries, for instance Russia, Serbia and Spain, it is not a member of the UN.
Nevertheless, RTK and the EBU have signed a cooperation agreement and the EBU supports Kosovo’s application for membership. As long as Kosovo is not recognized by more countries, participation in the Eurovision Song Contest is not possible. Here you can see the current standing of the recogintion of Kosovo as an independent country:
According to the Kosovan newspaper Koha Ditore, a possible entry would be selected via a national final called Akordet e Kosovës, a former pop show that had been taken off the air some years ago. Other than broadcasters in the Czech Republic and Luxembourg, RTK is more than eager to start participating.