Eastern Neighbors Ink Regional Roaming Deal

The basic principles of a Regional Roaming agreement for the Eastern Neighbourhood countries have been agreed upon at the Roaming Stakeholder Meeting of the Network of Eastern Partnership Regulators for Electronic Communications (EaPeReg) held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 12 November, Armenpress reports, citing the EU Neighbourhood East website.

The working group members held talks with the relevant ministries from the region and agreed on the basic principles of the Regional Roaming Agreement (RRA) to be signed among the six EU’s Eastern partner countries. The aim of the RRA is the harmonization and reduction of roaming prices between Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine.


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Following the meeting, the RRA will be drafted, followed by national public consultations with operators and competent authorities. The RRA is expected to be signed by the end of 2020.

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) governs the EU’s relations with 16 of its eastern and southern neighbors.

The countries to the south are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia; and the countries to the east are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Russia takes part in cross-border cooperation activities under the ENP and is not a part of the ENP as such.

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