European Commission proposes Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement with Cuba

The Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PCDA) opens new avenues to support Cuba’s process of economic and social modernisation, to foster sustainable development, democracy and human rights, as well as to seek common solutions to global challenges. At the same time, the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini transmitted a proposal to the Council to formally repeal the EU’s 1996 Common Position on Cuba. The adoption of both decisions by the Council and the implementation of the PDCA will be a turning point in EU-Cuba relations. High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini said: “The bilateral Agreement between the EU and Cuba is the result of a fruitful and constructive work the EU and Cuba have done together, and marks the turning point in our relations. This contractual arrangement creates a clear common framework for intensified political dialogue, increased cooperation across a wide range of policy areas, and a precious platform for developing joint action on regional and international issues.”Both proposals will now be reviewed by the Council, before their final adoption and the signature of the PDCA in coming months. A full press release is available online