The agreement will enter into force from 1 July 2019 with reduced tariffs and, from 1 July 2021, all tariffs will be abolished under the term “roaming like at Home”.  Outstanding technical aspects of the Global Agreement on Roaming in the Western Balkans were agreed and the joint commitment to define the next steps for the signing of the Agreement at the next Second Digital Summit for the Western Balkans, to be held in Belgrade on 4-5 April 2019. In 2014, BIRN reported that, according to studies at the time, the cost of roaming in the Balkans was up to six times higher than in Western Europe. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said that by signing a regional agreement on roaming, Belgrade is showing leadership and political determination to cooperate and move forward. During the summit, the Western Balkan countries agreed to reduce roaming costs among themselves and the EU committed to developing a roadmap to reduce roaming costs between the EU and the Western Balkans. Western Balkan countries agreed on Thursday (April 4th) to reduce roaming charges and eventually abolish them, in a rare act of neighbourhood goodwill in a region torn apart by political wrangling. BELGRADE, Serbia, July 2 (SeeNews) – The regional agreement on roaming in the Western Balkans entered into force on Monday, the European Commission said. “Good news (finally!): from July, citizens and businesses in the Western Balkans will pay much less roaming charges for navigation, SMS and call charges throughout the region. From July 2021, you will walk around like home,” he wrote. “We already have an agreement for four countries, but if we want to involve the whole of the Western Balkans, it also means Albania and Kosovo.
Of course, there is a political connotation here regarding the status of Kosovo….