Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society is today in Podgorica, Montenegro, and will travel to Pristina, Kosovo, on 11-12 October to promote the Commission's strategy for a credible enlargement perspective through an enhanced support to the Western Balkan countries in the digital transformation of their economies and societies. Her visit to the region is an essential step for the swift implementation of the Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans launched on 25 June 2018, and follows the commitment taken by the leaders during the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, in May 2018. Today in Podgorica, the Commissioner will meet with Montenegrin Prime Minister Duško Marković to discuss a number of digital files, such as the reduction of roaming tariffs. She will also meet with Suzana Pribilović, Minister of Public Administration, to encourage the digitisation of the country's public services. In the afternoon, she will meet with Minister Pribilović and the Macedonian Minister of Information Society and Administration Damjan Manchevski, the Albanian Vice-President of Government Senida Mesi, and, the Kosovar Minister of Public Administration, Mahir Yagcilar. On Thursday, in Pristina, Commissioner Gabriel will start her visit with a meeting with Minister for Innovation, Besim Beqaj tbc and Minister for Economic Development, Valdrin Lluka, and representatives of the Kosovar private sector, including Telecom Operators, ICT businesses and startups and civil society associations. On Friday, the Commissioner will notably deliver a keynote speech on the potential of digitalisation as a driver for economic development at the International Conference “DigitalKS”.
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