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Cuba-EU Agreement on Dialogue and Cooperation Comes into Force



Brussels, Nov 1.- As part of efforts to consolidate stable and respectful relations between Cuba and the European Union (EU), the Agreement on Political Dialogue and Cooperation, signed in December 2016, is coming into force provisionally today.

According to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Federica Mogherini, with the implementation of the treaty, the EU and Cuba 'are turning the page to start a new chapter.'

Mogherini noted that with the implementation of the agreement, the region is getting closer to Cuban citizens at a time of 'economic, political and social modernization' in that country.

All 28 EU members favor the realization of 'activities with all stakeholders of that State, including the public sector, local authorities, the entire civil society, the private sector, international organizations and their agencies', she pointed out.

'We Europeans are united to Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean by common history, culture and values, as well as by shared aspirations for the present and the future,' Mogherini noted.

The agreement consists of three main chapters aimed at boosting bilateral trade, political dialogue and economic cooperation.

That way, the so-called Common Position adopted by the regional bloc in 1996 and rejected by Cuba due to its unilateral, interfering, selective and discriminatory nature has come to an end.

Although starting today, most of the agreement 'is being implemented provisionally, its full implementation will begin after all EU members have ratified it,' the EU said in a communiqué. (Prensa Latina)