Six Balkan countries, including Kosovo, have signed Thursday a European Union-backed agreement to abolish roaming charges by 2021.

Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo signed the agreement during a summit on digital technology which is taking place in Belgrade, Serbia.

The agreement foresees a gradual reduction of roaming prices by 27 percent from July 1 and the eventual establishment of a roaming-free zone.

The EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel delivered a keynote speech at the opening session and witnessed the signing ceremony of the Regional Roaming Agreement, which was part of the Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans presented last year in May and officially launched June 2018.

Commissioner Gabriel said after the signing ceremony that the European Commission has fully supported this process facilitated by the Regional Cooperation Council.

“This is not ours, it is Western Balkans Partners’ agreement, which will bring significant benefits to citizens and businesses in the region.

This signature is a solid demonstration of strong political will towards achieving a robust digital regional integration.

This will bring the Western Balkan Partners yet another step closer to enhanced engagement with the EU,” she said.