Cuba and the European Union opened a new chapter in bilateral relations after the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) between the two parties provisionally entered into force, this November 1.
In a press release, Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that “the ties between Brussels and Havana have reached a level more in line with relations between Cuba and the member states which make up the community bloc, which have experienced significant progress over recent years.”
Meanwhile, in a statement by the EU, the organization noted that the agreement shows that the bloc is moving closer to Cuba, a nation that is currently undergoing a process of “economic, political and social modernization,” according to the document.
Negotiations to establish a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement began in April 2014 and concluded in March 2016; with the document signed in Brussels, on December 12, 2016, by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez.
The signing also marked the end of the EU Common Position, in force since 1996, during which time relations between the two parties practically froze.
Regarding the provisional implementation of the PDCA and what it means for both Cuba and the European Union, Granma spoke exclusively with the Head of the EU Delegation to Cuba, Alberto Navarro.
The official began by recalling that relations between Cuba and the EU were established in 1988, but were restricted for over 20 years (1996-2016) due to the so-called Common Position.
Nonetheless, he noted that in 2008, political dialogue was re-launched, as well as bilateral cooperation with the island, which received a significant boost after the Agreement was officially signed on December 12, 2016. Continue reading