EU Relations with Cuba


EU relations and cooperation with Cuba are carried out on a bilateral and regional basis, the latter within the framework of the on-going EU-CELAC and EU-CARIFORUM dialogues.

On 10 February 2014, the EU adopted negotiating directives for a bilateral EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement to consolidate existing bilateral relations in the areas of political dialogue, cooperation and trade. The talks started in April 2014 in Havana. They were followed up during a second round in Brussels in August 2014 and a third round in Havana in March 2015.

EU-Cuba cooperation was resumed in October 2008. Since then, the EU has made available around €140 million for cooperation to Cuba in:

  • post-hurricane reconstruction and rehabilitation,
  • food security,
  • climate change and renewable energy,
  • culture and education
  • expertise exchanges and support to the economic and social modernisation

The new National Indicative Programme for Cuba was adopted on 12 August 2014 making available €50 million for the period 2014-2020 in the sectors of sustainable agriculture and food security, environment and climate change as well as support to sustainable economic and social modernisation.

Cuba also takes part in several EU-funded regional programmes.

What are the benefits of a Joint Caribbean-European Union Partnership Strategy?

In November 2012 the member states of the EU and the Caribbean adopted the Joint Caribbean-European Union Partnership Strategy   aimed to enhance Caribbean– European Union relations and broaden the engagement by adding a political pillar to the relationship with the Caribbean region which is traditionally based on development and trade cooperation.

The strategy focuses on:

  • Regional Integration,
  • Haiti Reconstruction,
  • Climate Change and Natural Disasters,
  • Crime and Security, and
  • Joint Action in Multilateral Fora.

Economic and Trade relations

The EU is Cuba's second most important trading partner (accounting for 22% of total Cuban trade). The EU is the second biggest source of Cuban imports (21%) and was the most important destination for Cuban exports (27%) in 2013. The EU is Cuba's biggest external investor. Approximately one third of all tourists visiting the island every year come from the EU.

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Extracts from the joint press briefing by Federica MOGHERINI and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla

Extracts from the joint press briefing by Federica MOGHERINI and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla

EEAS press briefing the HRVP and Bruno RODRÍGUEZ PARRILLA, Cuban FM

Joint press briefing by Federica MOGHERINI and Bruno RODRÍGUEZ PARRILLA following their meeting at the EEAS building

Press conference by Federica MOGHERINI in Cuba

RECORDED HRVP Federica MOGHERINI in Cuba (24/03/2015)

Federica MOGHERINI in Cuba