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EU Ambassadors mark the start of roaming free in WB and launch a campaign on digital agenda in Kosovo

01/07/2021 - 15:31
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The EU Ambassadors in Kosovo and Montenegro, Tomáš Szunyog and Oana Cristina Popa, respectively, marked today the start of the roaming free era in the Western Balkans. In a phone conversation, the two ambassadors spoke on the significance of this achievement for Western Balkans people, as a result of the EU contribution.

The two ambassadors kicked off a one-month campaign of the EU in Kosovo called “#EUconnects 4 #FutureIsDigital”. The campaign will present the benefits of the €9 billion investment package of the EU for the Western Balkans for the post-pandemic recovery through the Economic and Investment Plan. Digital agenda is at the core of the campaign.

“What a good day for a call with Montenegro! The roaming charges are off as of today,” said the Head of the EU Office/EU Special Representative in Kosovo, Tomáš Szunyog, in a conversation with his counterpart in Podgorica. “Wherever the people choose to be, they can now stay connected with their loved ones roaming free.”

“It’s a great day for everybody and a great opportunity for the people to stay connected when moving in the region. I’m proud that the EU has contributed to this achievement,” said the Head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Oana Cristina Popa.

The start of the roaming free agreement and the launch of the campaign “#EUconnects 4 #FutureIsDigital” occurs in the day Slovenia takes over the EU Council Presidency. In a phone conversation with Ambassador Szunyog, the Charge d’Affaires of the Slovenian Embassy to Kosovo, Tina Lampelj, said  that Western Balkans is one of Slovenian priorities, and they want to see more days like this, when the people get more connected.

The “#EUconnects 4 #FutureIsDigital campaign will last throughout July 2021 and will consist of three components: start of roaming free era in the Western Balkans, digitalisation of businesses and digital start-ups.

Investing in a digital future is part of the EU Digital Agenda one of the chapters of the EU Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans. Digitalisation represents an opportunity for the economies in the region to contribute to a sustainable economic development and better public services to citizens through digital solutions.

#EUConnects #FutureIsDigital #StayConnected

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