Davenport praises the telecoms agreement between Serbia and Kosovo

Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Michael Davenport welcomed the telecommunications agreement between Belgrade and Pristina, saying that it should expedite the progress on the formation of a Community of the Serbian municipalities in Kosovo, and contribute to reaching an agreement in the energy segment. 

“I welcome the agreement on telecommunications in the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo,” Davenport wrote on his Twitter account, adding that “the agreement should bring expedite the process of forming the Community of Serbian municipalities in Kosovo and the two sides reaching an agreement in the energy segment.” 

On 13th Nov., the EU said that both parties, with EU facilitation, had reached an agreement on the further implementation of the Telecommunications Agreement from 2013 and the 2015 Action Plan stemming from this Agreement, which will ensure that a three-digit dialing code is allocated by the International Telecommunications Union to Kosovo. 

The arrangement enables the newly-established subsidiary company Mts d.o.o to operate fully-licensed ground telephony services in Kosovo, and obtain a temporary authorisation for mobile telephony, the statement said. 

According to the statement, all draft documents linked to the licenses, the transfer and registration of assets will be completed by 28th Nov., after which the parties will review these documents and, if they agree that the documents are in accordance with the Telecommunications Agreement from 2013, the 2015 Action Plan and the Conclusions of the EU facilitator, Serbia will send a letter to the ITU on 3rd Dec., agreeing that a three-digit code can be allocated to Kosovo. 

On 15th Dec., the ITU will allocate dial code 383 for Kosovo, while all international dialing codes used by mobile and land line operators in Kosovo 381,377,386 would no longer be in use. 

(Beta, 14.11. 2016)


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