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Bosnian presidency OKs signing of agreement to lower roaming fees in W. Balkans

Bosnian presidency OKs signing of agreement to lower roaming fees in W. Balkans Author: Joseph Morris. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

SARAJEVO (Bosnia and Herzegovina), March 14 (SeeNews) - Bosnia's collective presidency gave the green light to the signing of an agreement for lowering roaming fees in the Western Balkans region, it said on Wednesday.

The tripartite presidency said in a statement on Wednesday that it has authorised Bosnia's deputy communications minister to sign the agreement on behalf of the country.

The agreement will bring almost 80% lower roaming fees in the Balkan countries, local media quoted Milorad Dodik, current chairman of the presidency, as saying.

The document will be signed during the Western Balkans Digital Summit 2019 that will take place in Belgrade on April 4 and 5. 

"As of the summer of 2019, the roaming price will stand at 0.70 euro ($0.79) per megabyte. A year later, in 2020, the price will fall to 0.45 euro and in 2021 it will be further reduced to 0.20 euro", European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said in May 2018, at a meeting of representatives of the telecommunications ministries of Serbia and North Macedonia in Skopje. 

A transition period will start on July 1, 2019 when the roaming fees for calls between Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro and North Macedonia will be lowered by 25%, while for Albania the reduction will be much bigger.

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