Parliament endorses Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement with Cuba

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Negotiating directives were adopted by the Council of the European Union 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. The Council formally endorsed it in December 2016.

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 and trade cooperation.

The European Parliament's plenary session backed on 5 July 2017 the proposed Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) between the European Union and Cuba.

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ESO: Background information: EU-Cuba Agreement [EPRS At a Glance, July 2017]
ESO: Background information: EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (EPRS: Briefing: International Agreements in Progress June 2017, June 2017)
Euronews, 05.07.17: MEPs back EU-Cuba pact
EurActiv, 07.07.17: EU-Cuba relations enter new era

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