Balkan countries to abolish charges by 2021

Six Balkan countries have signed up an European Union-backed agreement to abolish costs by 2021 to boost cooperation.

The agreement was signed Thursday from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, North Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo in Belgrade during a summit on electronic technology. It envisages a reduction of roaming prices by also the establishment of a zone along with 27% from July 1.

The agreement comes amid ongoing tensions between Serbia and Kosovo, a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008 but whose statehood Belgrade refuses to recognize.

Kosovo and serbia must normalize their requirements to progress to join the EU. The two sides have blamed each other for a halt in EU-mediated talks about resolving the dispute.