The regional agreement was signed today at the second Western Balkans Digital Summit in Belgrade which stipulates the reduction in roaming charges starting July 1 of the current year.
The agreement was signed by the representatives of six Western Balkans countries. Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajic signed the agreement on behalf of Serbia.
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During the first phase that begins on July 1, roaming prices will be 27% lower and from July 1, 2021 roaming tariffs should be removed in Western Balkans countries.
According to the agreement the price of one minute of the call will not exceed RSD 22.4, VAT excluded, a text message will cost RSD 7 to send, while one megabyte of data transfer will cost RSD 21.2.
When it comes to roaming calls made from Albania, the reduction amounts to as much as 85% because Albania was not a signatory of the agreement that Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina signed back in 2014.
“Despite all the challenges, misunderstandings, different priorities and perceptions, we continue to work on regional integration and cooperation. The political moment is certainly not the best for holding a regional summit and even less for the signing of a new regional agreement. But the future of the region, first of all, young people in this region, depends on us making a political decision to build, not to destroy the stability of the region,” Serbian PM, Ana Brnabic said at the Summit’s opening.
For Marko Čadež, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia, this is a historic move which creates a market of 22 million people in which mobile operators can compete.
At the summit, the Serbian and Montenegrin government representatives signed an agreement on mutual recognition of qualified services of trust, provided in Serbia, and certification services for electronic transactions, provided in Montenegro.
“This is the first agreement of this kind with a regional country which will result in great savings for businesses. We are the No 1 foreign trade partner to Montenegro, and Montenegro is our 6th biggest export market for us, to which we export 700 million euro worth of goods. Both citizens and businesses will benefit from this agreement as it will result in the reduction of operating costs,” Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajic said.
(Vecernje Novosti, 04.04.2019)
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