The European Broadcasting Union has approved a motion which will see full membership of RTK voted upon this December.
Following the European Broadcasting Union’s General Assembly in Tirana, Albania it has been confirmed that steps have been made towards the Kosovan broadcaster attaining full membership of the union. The EBU has backed a vote on full membership of RTK this December, opening the potential for a Kosovan debut in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
In the past Kosovo have participated in other Eurovision events. For example in 2011, RTK selected Tringa Hsya to participate at the Eurovision Young Dancers contest that year. Albanian media reports that RTK’s push for full membership comes as they hope to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Last year the national broadcasters of a number of countries across the Balkans stated their support for Kosovo to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. However both Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia have opposed such participation.
If Kosovo were to debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019, they would be the first European nation to debut in the contest for a decade. Both Azerbaijan and San Marino debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, while Australia has been competing in the competition since 2015.