European Union External Action

Initialing Ceremony of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between Cuba and the European Union

In the presence of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for External Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, on the occasion of her second official visit to Cuba, and of Bruno Rodriguez Parilla, Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Cuba, the Chief Negotiators for the EU and for Cuba, Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary General for Economic and Global Affairs of the European External Action Service, and Abelardo Moreno Fernandez, Cuban Vice-Minister of External Relations, initialised on 11 Mach 2016, in the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the text of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between Cuba and the European Union.

On this occasion the Parties attest the conclusion of the negotiations of this important Agreement, which will enable to consolidate the relations between Cuba and the European Union in the medium and long-term, a relation based on reciprocity, respect and mutual benefit.

Both Parties expressed satisfaction on the results achieved in the negotiating process. The Agreement includes fundamental components such as political dialogue, cooperation, and dialogue on sectorial policies, as well as trade and cooperation in trade matters.

The Agreement, once entered into force, will constitute the framework to develop the potential of the relationship between Cuba and the European Union and its Member States in the various sectors identified, and will enable a deepening of the political dialogue and cooperation.

The initialized text is the result of a negotiating process that started in April 2014 and ended after working through seven rounds, characterized by a constructive and professional spirit expressed by both Parties, and by a complete adherence to the principles of mutual respect and equality agreed in 2008 when Cuba and the European Union re-established a political dialogue and cooperation activities.

The Agreement negotiated between the Parties will be subjected to their respective internal processes with the objective of creating all the conditions enabling its swift signature.

The High Representative of the EU for External Affairs and Security Policy and the Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Cuba held today the seventh session of the High Level Political Dialogue, in which they reviewed the progress in bilateral relations and exchanged views on various regional and global issues. This dialogue took place in a constructive and respectful spirit.

La Havana, 11 March 2016