Kosovo–Netherlands relations

Kosovan–Dutch relations are foreign relations between Kosovo[a] and the Netherlands. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008 and the Netherlands recognised it on 4 March 2008.[1] The Netherlands have maintained an embassy in Pristina since 27 June 2008,[2] and Kosovo opened an embassy in The Hague in November 2009.[3] Relations between the two countries are considered to be good and the Netherlands offers support to various projects in Kosovo with the goal of aiding the country in its transition to democracy.[4]



Diplomatic mission
Embassy of Kosovo, The HagueEmbassy of the Netherlands, Pristina
Ambassador Lirim GreiçevciAmbassador Carin Lobbezoo
Kosovan embassy in the Netherlands.


The Netherlands participated in the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, which resulted in a UN administration of Kosovo and then to eventual independence. The Netherlands currently has 7 troops serving in Kosovo as peacekeepers in the NATO led Kosovo Force. Originally there were 3,600 Dutch troops in KFOR.[5]


Economic cooperation between Kosovo and the Netherlands is limited although there are several areas for cooperation between the two countries in the energy and agricultural sectors.[4]


Outside of the EU framework, the Netherlands uses the Matra Programme, of which Kosovo is a beneficiary, to organise projects in countries in Central and Eastern Europe to aide them in their transition to democracy and rule of law. In the case of Kosovo, the Dutch Embassy uses this programme to encourage cooperation between the Serbian and Albanian communities in the North of Kosovo.[4]

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a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently (this note self-updates) recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.


  1. "The Netherlands recognises Kosovo" (Press release). Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 2008-03-04. Archived from the original on 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
  2. "The Netherlands opens embassy in Kosovo" Archived 2009-01-20 at the Wayback Machine Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 27 June 2008 Link accessed 30/06/08
  3. "Misionet e Kosovës Jashtë" (in Albanian). Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo. 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009.[permanent dead link]
  4. "Relations the Netherlands - Kosovo". Government of Netherlands. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  5. "Kosovo Force (KFOR)" www.nato.int Link accessed 21-07-09