The General Manager of RTK announced that the Kosovan broadcaster intends to apply for membership in the EBU at the end of this year.
Kosovo is seeking to become a full member of the European Broadcasting Union by the end of this year to be able to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Mr. Ahmetxhekaj confirmed that in case RTK becomes a member, Kosovo will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. He told Nacionale that:
It is a joint plan of the current management of RTK that in the coming period, maybe at the end of this year or next year, to officially apply for membership in the EBU.
Mr Ahmetxhekaj believes Kosovo may now have a better chance of joining EBU following the removal and suspension of Russia and Belarus. He explained that:
Now the chances may be greater due to the movements of the latter in terms of the exclusion of Russia and Belarus.
However, the General Manager of RTK acknowledges that there are significant obstacles to membership, as he is not a member of the International Telecommunication Union, which is a prerequisite for joining the EBU. In 2019, a vote was taken to remove ITU membership as a criterion for joining the EBU, but it was not approved.
In the past, Kosovo has participated in other Eurovision events. For example, in 2011, RTK selected Tringa Hsya to participate in that year’s Eurovision Young Dancers competition.
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