Kosovo moves step closer to UEFA membership

UEFA will hold a vote on May 3 on whether to let Kosovo become a member during the 40th UEFA Ordinary Congress which will take place in Budapest. If it is approved as the 55th member of UEFA, Kosovo is then expected to seek full membership of FIFA in May, which would enable it to play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Serbia has resisted Kosovo’s membership of many international organisations since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

Meanwhile UEFA’s Executive Committee appointed Theodore Theodoridis as UEFA General Secretary ad interim, replacing Gianni Infantino who was elected FIFA President on 26 February. Theodoridis has been working at UEFA since January 2008, first as director of the national associations division and then as deputy general secretary since October 2010.

UEFA Executive Committee reconfirmed its decision of January that no UEFA Presidential elections will be scheduled until a decision has been made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Michel Platini’s appeal.