Prices for roaming services between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia have been decreased by 27 percent as of Monday, as a result of the Regional Roaming Agreement, signed at the Western Balkans Digital Summit in Belgrade on April 4.
The prices will be limited to EUR 0.19 per minute of telephone call, EUR 0.06 per text message, and EUR 0.2 per megabyte of Internet.
Bosnia and Herzegovina was the first country in the region ready to sign the Regional Roaming Agreement, according to which roaming charges within the region are supposed to be completely abolished by 2021.
Statement published on the official web site of the EU Delegation to BiH reads that the Agreement also represents an important step towards a joint EU-Western Balkans roaming area.
“Everyone is keen to use their phones like at home when travelling. In the EU, the ‘roam like at home’ principle has been one of the most successful EU-driven polices. This benefits consumers and operators alike in the long term. We would like to see Bosnia and Herzegovina join the ‘virtual’ EU roaming space as soon as possible”, said Head of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina Lars-Gunnar Wigemark.
The Agreement has allowed Bosnia and Herzegovina to apply for relevant EU grants available under the Western Balkans Investment Framework. A total of EUR 30 million has been made available to the region to develop broadband infrastructure and mobilize strategic investments in the field of telecommunications.