EU Relations with Cuba

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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.


News and Press ReleasesRSS

  • 25/03/2015
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her visit to Cuba Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her visit to Cuba <p>I have started by meeting this morning with the Cardinal Ortega, with whom we discussed not only the role of the Church in Cuba but also the diplomatic efforts of the Catholic Church in the region. I followed the day with a meeting with two economic Ministers: Minister Malmierca, with whom we discussed in particular our trade relations, our cooperation and foreign investments, and with Minister Murillo with whom we discussed the implementation of the guidelines – the "lineamentos" – and how to strengthen EU-Cuba relations in this process. I then had a meeting with the President of the national assembly, Mr Lazo, and a long meeting with my counterpart, Minister Rodríguez whom I already had the chance of meeting officially in January in Costa Rica during the CELAC summit. On that occasion, in San José, I also had the chance of meeting President Raúl Castro. He invited me to visit Cuba and I had again today the pleasure of a long and interesting meeting with him: we had a t</p> 03/25/2015 15:20:03 03/25/2015 15:20:03 03/25/2015 15:20:03 03/01/2017 15:20:03 2015032515 090126248ee0febe N 090126248ee0febe /statements-eeas/2015/150325_04_en.htm 7262 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150325_04_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150325_04_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150325_04_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her visit to Cuba
  • 19/03/2015
    Speech of HRVP Federica Mogherini at the opening session of the EU-CELAC Civil Society Forum Speech of HRVP Federica Mogherini at the opening session of the EU-CELAC Civil Society Forum 03/19/2015 11:03:41 03/19/2015 11:03:41 03/19/2015 11:03:41 03/07/2016 11:03:41 2015031911 090126248ecbd3a4 N 090126248ecbd3a4 /statements-eeas/2015/150319_01_en.htm 12125 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150319_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150319_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150319_01_es.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150319_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Speech of HRVP Federica Mogherini at the opening session of the EU-CELAC Civil Society Forum
  • 14/03/2015
    High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini to visit Cuba High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini to visit Cuba <p>Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, will visit Havana on 23 and 24 March. </p> 03/14/2015 17:34:05 03/14/2015 17:34:05 03/14/2015 17:34:05 03/02/2016 17:34:05 2015031417 090126248ebb1065 N 090126248ebb1065 /statements-eeas/2015/150314_03_en.htm 4559 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150314_03_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150314_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_03_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini to visit Cuba
  • 25/02/2015
    Invitation to an off-the-record press briefing on the EU's third round of negotiations for an EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (4-5 March) Invitation to an off-the-record press briefing on the EU's third round of negotiations for an EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (4-5 March) 02/25/2015 12:42:30 02/25/2015 12:42:30 02/25/2015 12:42:30 02/01/2017 12:42:30 2015022512 090126248e880224 N 090126248e880224 /statements-eeas/2015/150225_01_en.htm 3652 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150225_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150225_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150225_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Invitation to an off-the-record press briefing on the EU's third round of negotiations for an EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (4-5 March)
  • 17/12/2014
    Statement of the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on US-Cuba relations Statement of the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on US-Cuba relations <p>Today another Wall has started to fall. President Obama's announcement of important US policy measures towards Cuba heralds a long awaited change in the fraught relations between the Caribbean island nation and its North American neighbour, for which I personally congratulated Secretary of State John Kerry today.</p> 12/17/2014 22:23:32 12/17/2014 22:23:32 12/17/2014 22:23:32 12/05/2015 22:23:32 2014121722 090126248dc015db N 090126248dc015db /statements-eeas/2014/141217_03_en.htm 11158 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141217_03_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141217_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141217_03_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141217_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement of the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on US-Cuba relations

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