Kosovo said it had reached an agreement with Serbia that will allow it to have its own international telephone dialing code, eight years after declaring independence, in a move that will save millions of euros in payments to foreign countries.
The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is expected to give Kosovo the country code +383 starting Dec. 15, the government said in a statement on Sunday. Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008, has been using the codes of Monaco, Serbia and Slovenia, and as we reported in the beginingÂ of this year, the +383 was expected to be completed in March 2016.
In return, Serbia will be able to register a mobile phone company that will operate temporarily within Serb-populated areas of Kosovo. Kosovo says it has paid about 200 million euros to use other country codes since its war with Serbia ended in 1999.
(Reporting by Fatos Bytyci for Retures.com; Additional reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic in Belgrade; Editing by Janet Lawrence)