Ukraine will join the EU’s free roaming network after signing an agreement on digital cooperation, which paves the way for integration in the field of telecommunications. Today in Kyiv, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will discuss the details of the agreement with President Zelenskyy.
On September 5, Ukraine and the EU held the 8th meeting of the Ukraine-EU Association Council in Brussels with the participation of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal, the head of the EU Foreign Affairs Department Josep Borrell, and the EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi.
“We signed the Digital Europe Program with a total budget of €7.5 billion ($7.45 billion) that include some very important digital technologies and also joining the roaming space in the EU,” Shmyhal said at the time.
“We are exploring now sound options for associating Ukraine fully in our roaming area to enjoy the same lowered tariffs between Ukraine and the EU,” added Mr. Várhelyi.
He also added that if the telecommunications market of Ukraine is integrated into the EU market, it will be useful “not only for markets but also for people who will be able to keep in touch.”
After the adoption of free roaming with the EU, people traveling from Ukraine to the EU and EU citizens in Ukraine will be able to make phone calls, send text messages, and use mobile communications without additional charges, as is the case between EU member states.