A decision over whether to admit Kosovo as a member of UEFA is the main agenda item for European football’s governing body’s 2016 Congress ©Getty Images

A decision on whether to admit Kosovo as the 55th member of UEFA is the main agenda item for the European football governing body’s 2016 Congress, due to take place in Hungary’s capital Budapest tomorrow.

Provided they are accepted, Kosovo’s recognition as a member of FIFA will be voted on at world football’s governing body’s Congress in Mexico City, scheduled to be held on May 12 and 13.

Kosovo’s club sides would then be able to compete in UEFA tournaments, while its national team could be awarded a place in the qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, despite the draw having already been held in Russia last July.

The Balkan country could potentially be added to one of Europe's two five-team groups, either pitting them against Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia and Cyprus in Group H, or Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey and Finland in Group I.

Kosovo are currently only allowed to play friendly matches organised by FIFA, with certain restrictions applying such as a ban on the country facing clubs and teams from countries of the former Yugoslavia.

Banned UEFA President Michel Platini will be absent from tomorrow’s Congress, which has an agenda restricted to just four items and is likely to be one of the shortest on record. 

The Frenchman was in confident mood as his attempt to overturn his six-year ban from football was heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne last week.

Banned UEFA President Michel Platini will not be present at European football's governing body's Congress
Banned UEFA President Michel Platini will not be present at European football's governing body's Congress ©Getty Images

Platini, along with former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, was initially given an eight-year ban by FIFA in December.

This decision was made by the Adjudicatory Chamber of FIFA's Ethics Committee due to an alleged "disloyal" payment of CHF2 million (£1.4 million/$2.1 million/€1.8 million) made to the Frenchman by the Swiss in 2011.

These bans were then cut to six years by the FIFA Appeals Committee. 

Both men have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, however, and want to see their bans completely quashed.

A verdict is expected on May 9, with Blatter - who appeared as a witness during last week’s hearing - also taking his case to the body.

UEFA is delaying electing a new President until all appeal avenues have been exhausted.

Spaniard Ángel María Villar has been appointed acting President of the body, while Greece's Theodore Theodoridis is serving as interim general secretary until a full-time successor to newly-elected FIFA President Gianni Infantino is in place.

If Platini is reinstated, he would be free to at the UEFA European Championships in his native France in June and July.