Talk is Cheap? Greece, Skopje to Slash Roaming Fees

FILE - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets with FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in Davos, Jan. 24, 2018. (Photo by PM Press Office via Eurokinissi)

SKOPJE, (AP) — With their governments now on speaking terms, Skopje and Greece have promised to slash roaming charges for traveling cellphone users.

Digital policy ministers from the two countries on Tuesday said the measure, due to take effect before the summer, results from a landmark agreement between the neighboring countries that is ending a decades-old dispute.

Until last week, Skopje used only Macedonia as the country’s name. The former Yugoslav republic formally changed its name to address concerns from Greece, which has a large province of Macedonia.

Greece is a popular summer vacation destination for North Macedonia residents. Greek minister Nikos Pappas said the roaming charges deal was the first of many practical steps that will be taken to “usher in a new era of friendship.”