BRUSSELS.—Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez arrived in this capital on Sunday, December 11, to sign the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) between Cuba and the European Union (EU), during a ceremony scheduled to be held this Monday, December 12 at the European Council’s headquarters.
Before signing the document, Rodríguez will hold a meeting with the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.
The agreement to be signed between Havana and the EU follows the repeal of the Common Position adopted by the regional bloc in 1996, which since its adoption was firmly rejected by Cuba due to its unilateral, interventionist, selective and discriminatory nature, Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno recently stated.
He also noted that this policy had been de facto superseded since 2008, as evidenced by the positive evolution in recent years of Cuba’s ties with the European Union and its member states.
According to the official, the Agreement will for the first time provide a reciprocal, respectful and mutually advantageous contractual framework for relations between the two parties, for the development of political dialogue and cooperation, including trade facilitation.