The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe “transmitted for opinion” Kosovo’s membership application to its Parliamentary Assembly, though it is unknown when this verdict will be delivered.

The Council of Europe is an international organisation founded after World War II to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe.

It established the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which protects the rights of every citizen within the 46 states that signed up.

Kosovo Foreign Minister Donika Gërvalla-Schwarz welcomed the decision stating on Facebook their candidacy was approved with a two-thirds majority.

“For our new state, today’s decision marks a historic step, perhaps the most important since our independence”, she said, but warned the accession process remained “long and difficult”.

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. More than 100 countries recognize Kosovo as an independent state.

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