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The High Representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security of the European Union (EU), Federica Mogherini, today confirmed the entry in force of the cooperation agreement recently signed between the EU bloc and Cuba on Wednesday.

According to the head of European diplomacy, ‘the EU and the Cuban nation are turning the page for the beginning of a new chapter in our relations with the provisional implementation of this treaty,’ starting on November 1.

The also vice-president of the European Commission said that with the implementation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, the region approaches Cuban citizens at a time of ‘economic, political and social modernization’ on the island.

‘Europeans are linked to Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean by a common history, culture, values ​​and aspirations in the present and the future,’ Italian politics added.

The agreement consists of three main chapters aimed at promoting bilateral trade, political dialogue and economic cooperation, between the European community and that country.

Thus, it ends the so-called Common Position adopted by the regional bloc in 1996, rejected by Havana for its unilateral, interventionist, selective and discriminatory nature.

In June 2010, the Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, declared that a new framework for relations with the EU that exceeded the Common Position was possible, provided that negotiations were based on equality and without pressure of any kind.

The negotiation process between the Greatest Antille Island and the EU began in 2014. Seven rounds of talks were held and multiple issues of interest to the parties were discussed, including those that comprise the greatest divergences.

The Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement was signed on December 12, 2016 in this capital by the Cuban Foreign Minister and Mogherini.

Both officials recognized the high significance of the agreement, which establishes a positive framework for the development of ties based on equality, reciprocity and mutual respect.

In this way, it will contribute to promoting dialogue and cooperation to encourage lasting development, democracy and Human Rights and tackle global challenges through joint actions in international forums.