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EU-Cuba relations: Moving ahead with new agreement

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Monday, 07 May 2018

EU-Cuba relations: Moving ahead with new agreement

After the start of provisional application of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) on 1 November 2017, the EU and Cuba are holding on 15 May 2018 the first ministerial-level Joint Council under the new Agreement. The EU and Cuba thereby take one further step towards enhanced collaboration to the benefit of the Cuban and European people. Between 1996 and 2016, the diplomatic relations between Cuba and the EU – first established in 1988 – were governed by the so-called Common Position. In an effort to update EU-Cuba relations, the EU re-launched a dialogue at political level in 2008, complemented by development assistance. An EU representation office was opened in Havana in 2003, and upgraded into a fully-fledged EU Delegation in 2008. On 12 December 2016, the repeal of the Common Position and the signature of the PDCA between the EU and Cuba set the stage for a new impetus in EU-Cuba relations. All 28 EU Member States maintain bilateral diplomatic relations with Cuba. Negotiations for the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) were launched in April 2014 and it was officially signed on 12 December 2016. Following the consent of the European Parliament on 5 July 2017 most parts of the agreement are provisionally applied since 1 November 2017. The PDCA creates an enabling framework for enhanced political dialogue, for improved bilateral cooperation, as well as for developing joint action in multilateral fora.

Source: EEAS