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Landmark EU-Cuba agreement enters into force

02 November 2017, 00:01 CET
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Landmark EU-Cuba agreement enters into force

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(BRUSSELS) - Provisional application of the European Union's first ever agreement with Cuba, which began 1 November, covers political dialogue, cooperation and sector policy dialogue as well as trade cooperation.

"The EU and Cuba are truly turning a page, and the new chapter of our partnership begins now – with the provisional application of our new agreement," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said: "Today the European Union gets closer to Cuba and all Cuban citizens as the country goes through economic, political and social modernisation.

"We Europeans are tied to Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean by a shared history, culture, values, and aspirations for the present and the future," she added.

The Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) was signed by Cuba and the EU on 12 December 2016, with the European Parliament approving it on 5 July 2017. While most of the agreement started provisionally applying on 1 November, its full application will begin once all EU Member States have ratified the agreement.

The PDCA promotes dialogue and cooperation to encourage sustainable development, democracy and human rights, as well as to find shared solutions to global challenges through joint action in multilateral fora. Areas of common interest include for example renewable energies, rural development, the environment, human rights, good governance, security, and job creation. Activities will be conducted with all actors in Cuba, including the public sector, local authorities, the whole range of civil society, the private sector, as well as international organisations and their agencies.

The agreement also confirms the EU's continued engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean. Cuba was the only country in the region with which the EU had not yet agreed on a legal basis for dialogue and cooperation.

Factsheet EU-Cuba relations

Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA)

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