Kosovo's prospects to join the WTO: A short evaluation of the decision-making routes
Diona Kusari
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Kosovo's prospects to join the WTO: A short evaluation of the decision-making routes

February 2022

Since 2018, Kosovo has not applied for membership in any major international organization. Although expanding its presence in international organizations has been one of the main goals of Kosovo's foreign policy in the post-independence period, membership in the Venice Commission in 2014 remains the last major multilateral accession for Kosovo.

The Government Program 2021-2025 includes several commitments for multilateral accession. One of the most important commitments is to apply for membership in the World Trade Organization. The WTO is one of the most important intergovernmental organizations dealing with the rules of free trade between nations and states.

This policy note discusses Kosovo's prospects of joining this organization, in light of the functions and importance that this multilateral body plays for the global economy today. The note refers only to the membership process and the membership alternatives available to Kosovo institutions.

The study also argues that submitting an application to the WTO without having a detailed plan prepared in advance with partners can present serious disadvantages for Kosovo's position. It is recommended that Kosovo institutions approach this situation carefully in order to avoid possible false diplomatic steps.
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