Sofia – Skopje deal on cutting roaming fees approved by Bulgarian government

Sofia – Skopje deal on cutting roaming fees approved by Bulgarian government

At a scheduled Cabinet meeting on November 22, Bulgaria’s government approved a draft memorandum of understanding between the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications and the counterpart ministry in Skopje on the reduction of international roaming tariffs for telecommunication services.

The document will be signed at the meeting of the governments of the two countries in Strumica on 23.

Through the deal, the two countries’ ministries agree to encourage mobile operators to conclude agreements between themselves that lead to a permanent reduction in retail prices of services in roaming for end-users. They are currently one of the highest in Europe – between 2.99 and 6.99 leva per minute and about 25 leva per megabyte.

The dropping of the roaming of the Western Balkan countries to the European Union is among the priorities of the Bulgarian government and the Bulgarian Eurpean Commissioner for Digital Society, Maria Gabriel, a Bulgarian government statement said.

It is part of the measures to improve connectivity at all levels in the region, which will directly affect the contacts between citizens and businesses.

Along with political support for European integration in the Western Balkans, the Bulgarian government is also committed to supporting a number of practical solutions to help the region develop as a common market of 22 million people, the statement said./IBNA