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Cuba-European Union: continue working with respect, trust and cooperation

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Cuba-European Union: continue working with respect, trust and cooperationHAVANA, Cuba, Sep 4 (ACN) Emilio Lozada García, Director General of Bilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Cuba and the European Union will continue to work "with respect, trust, transparency and cooperation" in a Joint Committee that evaluates the implementation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) signed by both parties in 2016.

In Twitter, the diplomat pointed out that "the work of this Joint Committee has shown that there are more elements that unite us than those that separate us. The relevance of this mechanism has been demonstrated. We will continue to work with respect, trust, transparency and cooperation.
Lozada Garcia chaired for Cuba the sessions of this first Joint Committee on Tuesday in Havana, while the EU representation was headed by Hugo Sobral, deputy director for the Americas at the European External Action Service (EEAS).
This is the preamble to the second Joint Council to be held on 9 September in this city, which will be attended by Federica Mongherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, in charge of the delegation of the Community bloc, and by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla.
The cubaminrex website published on this day a note referring to the exchange between the two delegations on the status of ratifications of the ADPC by EU Member States and on the development of political dialogues and cooperation.
They also referred to the establishment of sectorial policy dialogues and the importance of increasing trade and investment.
A detailed exchange took place on the need to counter the application of the Helms-Burton Act and its extraterritorial effects, which also impact on European natural and legal persons.
Cuba has full diplomatic relations with the 28 EU Member States and last year celebrated the 30th anniversary of the establishment of relations with the European Community.
At the same time, it develops cooperation actions for development with 22 member states and maintains mechanisms for political consultations between Foreign Ministries with 26 of them.
Cuba's relations with the EU are governed by the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, which establishes the conditions for the development of stable, mutually beneficial and long-term ties, which was signed on 16 December 2016 and entered into force provisionally on 1 November 2017, pending ratification by all Member States.
Twenty-five have already done so, Ireland, although it has already completed its internal legislative process, the final notification has not been received from the European Commission, and Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden are still pending.


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