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Parliamentary questions
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21 January 2020
E-000316/2020
Question for written answer E-000316/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Javier Moreno Sánchez (S&D), Inma Rodríguez-Piñero (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The Commission’s overall strategy against the implementation of the Helms-Burton Act

On 2 May 2019, President Trump decided to lift the suspension of the Helms-Burton Act. Since then, million-dollar lawsuits have begun to be filed that directly affect the interests of European companies with commercial interests or investment projects in Cuba. The European Union is firmly opposed to the implementation of the Helms-Burton Act, as it considers it to be a rule which is extraterritorial in nature and contrary to public international law.

1. Does the Commission have a comprehensive strategy to coordinate action in US and European courts and to enforce the measures contained in the ‘Community blocking statute’?

2. Is the Commission considering the appropriateness of setting up a system at European level to bring together information on claims (list of claims, details of claimants and funds financing legal proceedings) initiated under the Helms-Burton Act?

3. Does the Commission intend to establish any kind of cooperation initiative with Canada, as an affected non-European country, to connect the blocking statutes and share information?

Original language of question: ES
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