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A new landmark agreement between the EU and Cuba will enter into force on 1 November 2017, with the start of a provisional application of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, the first ever agreement between the European Union and Cuba.
"Today the European Union gets closer to Cuba and all Cuban citizens as the country goes through economic, political and social modernisation", said the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President Federica Mogherini, adding "We Europeans are tied to Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean by a shared history, culture, values, and aspirations for the present and the future".
The Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) covers three main chapters on political dialogue, cooperation and sector policy dialogue as well as trade and trade cooperation.
The agreement promotes dialogue and cooperation to encourage sustainable development, democracy and human rights, and also to find shared solutions to global challenges through joint action in multilateral fora. Areas of common interest include renewable energies, rural development, the environment, human rights, good governance, security, and job creation.