Kosovo is a partially recognised state in Southeastern Europe that declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo. While Serbia does recognise the Republic's governance of the territory, it still continues to claim it as its own Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija.
"Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire on 28 November 1912. Where better to celebrate the anniversary – Flag Day, as it is known – than Vlora, where that declaration was made? The building where Albania’s first government met, in Vlora’s port area, is now the Museum of Independence." Albania: the Bradt Guide www.bradtguides.com
Throughout the region there is now an emphasis on moving from a political settlement to a functional one. This process is most advanced in Albania, where 373 municipalities were rationalised into 61 last year. Similar thinking is underway in Macedonia and the LGiU is working with the Kosovo Local Government Institute to develop a policy paper on this for Kosovo. Kosovo Albanians celebrate with the new Kosovo flag the independence in Kosovo capital Pristina