Council endorses signature of a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement with Cuba

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Publication Date 06/12/2016
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The Council of the European Union decided on 6 December 2016 to endorse the signature of a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) between the EU and Cuba. The Council also voted to provisionally apply parts of the agreement.

The signature of the agreement formally took place on 12 December.

This PDCA forms a new legal framework for relations between the two sides. It comprises three main chapters on political dialogue, cooperation and sector policy dialogue as well as trade andtrade cooperation.

Negotiating directives were adopted by the Council in February 2014. Formal talks started in April 2014 and were completed after seven rounds in March 2016. On 11 March 2016, the High Representative for Foreign Policy visited Cuba for the seventh formal EU-Cuba political dialogue meeting, during which the agreement was formally initialled. In September, the European Commission formally proposed the signing of the PDCA and the repeal of the previous framework, the EU's 1996 Common Position on Cuba.

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