RCC: A declaration is expected in Tirana on the reduction of EU-Western Balkans roaming prices

Telecom operators from the countries of the European Union and the Western Balkans at tomorrow’s EU Western Balkans summit in Tirana should sign a Declaration that will enable the reduction of roaming prices between the EU and the region during 2023.

As announced by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), this would contribute to the reduction of businessmen’s operational costs, encourage business outside the home borders and give an additional boost to tourism in the Western Balkans region.
Since the regional agreement on the reduction of roaming prices entered into force, which abolished roaming in the Western Balkans from July 2021, RCC has been closely cooperating with the European Commission, operators from the European Union and the Western Balkans, as well as with the authorities from the region, to reduce prices roaming between the EU and the region, according to the announcement.

RCC also reminds that in early November, the leaders of the Western Balkans signed three important agreements on freedom of movement with an ID card, on the recognition of higher education qualifications and on the recognition of professional qualifications for medical doctors, dentists and architects, as part of the Action Plan for the Common Regional Market of the Berlin Process.

Those agreements, it added, are now entering the process of ratification at the national level.
The Council for Regional Cooperation continues to work on the common regional market, RCC adds, stressing that every result on that front is a step forward towards the establishment of a favorable investment climate that can attract extremely high-quality and permanent investments.

In a statement on the eve of the summit of the European Union and the Western Balkans in Tirana, the RCC adds that the meeting is also important from the point of view of the European perspective of the region, the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, issues of energy and food security, youth, suppression of misinformation and cyber threats.

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