Kosovo signed a regional agreement to reduce roaming charges for the Western Balkans in Belgrade today, Gazeta Express reported.
This agreement was signed on the first day of the Western Balkans Digital Summit in Belgrade. The six signatories belonging to the Western Balkans include Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania.
The Kosovo delegation, led by Minister of Economic Development, Valdrin Luka, is also attending the summit. The delegation is also represented by various institutions, NGOs and local information technology companies.
According to a document signed in the first three years, only tariffs will be reduced between these signatories, while roaming charges are planned to be abolished.
It would be easier for us if we refused to sign
The Serbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic assessed the signing of a regional agreement to reduce roaming charges during today’s summit as „a difficult decision for Serbia because it comes at a time when Pristina’s 100% taxes on products from Serbia and Bosnia have been in force for over four months.“
According to the Prime Minister, this is not the best political moment to sign new regional agreements.
„In a political sense, the best and the easiest thing to do would be to refuse to sign such an important, good and useful agreement for both our citizens and the economy in the region until the moment when we have an established regional cooperation on free trade again and in adherence to previously signed umbrella agreements,“ Brnabic added.
„But responsible politics, especially in complex times, does not mean that you are doing the easy and responsible things, on the contrary, it means that you are taking responsibility for difficult decisions, that you are not calculating and that you are not running away from challenges and problems, but meeting them head on,“ she concluded.
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