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The Adriatic Charter is an association formed by Albania, Croatia, the Republic of North Macedonia and the United States for the purpose of aiding their attempts to join NATO. The Charter was signed on 2 May 2003 in Tirana under the aegis of the United States. The role of the United States has caused some confusion; in discussions in the other member states, the Charter is often called the U.S.-Adriatic Charter. In September 2008 Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina were invited to join the Charter and joined on December 4, 2008.[1] Serbia accepted observer status at the same time. On 1 April, 2009, Albania and Croatia became the first of the group to join NATO. On 5 June, 2017, Montenegro joined NATO.[2]

Adriatic Charter
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FormationMay 2, 2003; 16 years ago (2003-05-02)



Joined 2003

Joined 2008


Since 2008

Since 2012

See alsoEdit

  • Vilnius ten - a similar association of NATO-aspirant countries.

Notes and referencesEdit


a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 112 out of 193 United Nations member states, while 11 states have recognized Kosovo only to later withdraw their recognition.


  1. ^ United States Department of State United States Department of State
  2. ^
  3. ^ Adriatic Charter Expands to Include Montenegro Archived 2013-02-17 at the Wayback Machine: "Euro-Atlantic cooperation took a step forward today with the incorporation of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro as new Partners in the Adriatic Charter... Serbia, an observer country"
  4. ^ Ministri i FSK-së Agim Ҫeku kërkoi antarsimin në “Karta e Adriatikut”, Ministry for Kosovo Security Force, 2012-03-29 (in Albanian)
  5. ^ Kosovo looking to join the Adriatic Charter

External links:

  1. Albania to lead Adriatic Charter for 2019 according Xhaçka