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Friday, 11 March 2016

EC: additional €10 million of support to Cuba

Today EU Commissioner for International Development, Neven Mimica, pledged new EU development funding to Cuba on a visit to the country. The funding is part of an overall €50 million in development cooperation funds for Cuba to be provided over the period 2014-2020. Commissioner Mimica said: "The €10 million of new support we are announcing today will help build the capacities of the Cuban public administration and sustainable food production. The EU will continue to strengthen its cooperation with Cuba to support the modernisation process started by the Cuban government in 2008." During the visit, Commissioner Mimica visited EU-funded projects in Cuba, including those focussing on sustainable food production and supporting the social and economic inclusion of Cuban youth. The Commissioner met with representatives of the Cuban Government, including the Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Mr Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, the Minister of Economy and Planning, Mr Marino Murillo Jorge, the Minister of Energy and Mines Mr Alfredo Lopez Valdes, and the Minister of Agriculture Mr Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero.Commissioner Mimica also joined HR/VP Federica Mogherini during her official visit to the country.

Source: European Commission