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Second Cuba-European Union Joint Council held in Havana

bruno ueHeld on September 9 was the second Cuba-European Union Joint Council, chaired by Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, Her Excellency Mrs. Federica Mogherini.

During the Council meeting, according to the official website of Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, the parties reviewed progress on implementation of the Agreement on Political Dialogue and Cooperation (ADPC), signed in 2016 between Cuba and the European Union and its member states.

Previously, on September 3, the first meeting of the Joint Committee between Cuba and the European Union, which assists the Council in fulfilling its functions and obligations, was also held in Havana. On this occasion, the Cuban delegation was headed by Emilio Lozada García, general director for Bilateral Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, and a European Union delegation, led by Hugo Sobral, deputy director for the Americas witin the European External Action Service.

The first Cuba-European Union Joint Council took place in Belgium on May 15, 2018. During the meeting, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and the head of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, signed a cooperation agreement involving 18 million euros, to support the development of renewable energies in the Caribbean nation, Prensa Latina reported.

The high level meeting was agreed upon when the Agreement on Political Dialogue and Cooperation entered into effect November 1, 2017, with which a new framework was established for the ties between the Cuba and the regional bloc.


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