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Parliamentary questions
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22 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005877-18
to the Council
Rule 130
João Pimenta Lopes (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Economic and financial blockade against Cuba
 Answer in writing 

The accumulated economic and material losses suffered by the Cuban people as a result of the US economic, trade and financial blockade against Cuba over almost 60 years amount to USD 933 678 million, taking into account the depreciation of the dollar against the value of gold. Calculated at current prices, the blockade has caused losses amounting to over USD 134 499 800 000, according to estimates by the Cuban Government. In 2017 alone, it caused Cuba losses in the order of USD 4 321 200 000.

The US economic, trade and financial blockade against Cuba continues to dramatically harm the situation of the Cuban people. It is also causing extra-territorial losses, in particular for EU Member States wishing to deepen relations with Cuba.

What is the state of play of ratification by Member States of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement with Cuba, and what steps is the Council taking to ensure it is signed by all Member States?

What efforts have been or will be made vis-à-vis the US Administration to stop the unilateral economic and financial blockade against Cuba, given that UN General Assembly resolutions have also repeatedly called for an end to the blockade?

Original language of question: PT 
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