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New chapter begins in EU-Cuba relations

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 31, 2017

A new chapter in EU-Cuba relations will be marked on 1 November 2017, with the start of provisional application of the first ever agreement between the European Union and Cuba.

On 12 December 2016, EU and Cuba signed the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA), and the European Parliament approved it on 5 July 2017. While most of the agreement starts provisionally applying on 1 November 2017, its full application will begin once all EU member states have ratified the agreement.

This 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.

“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,” Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice...

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