MEPs back first ever EU-Cuba deal  

MEPs are expected to give their consent to the first ever EU-Cuba cooperation agreement on Wednesday noon after a debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday afternoon.

The Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) will mark a turning point in bilateral relations between the EU and Cuba, say MEPs. It will help expand bilateral trade, promote dialogue and economic cooperation and provide for joint action on the world scene. It includes a provision to suspend the agreement if the provisions on human rights are violated.

The agreement has been under negotiation since April 2014, and was signed by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini in December 2016, but needs to get the European Parliament’s consent before it can enter into force.

Procedure: Consent & Non-legislative resolution

2016/0298(NLE) and 2017/2036(INI)

Debate: Tuesday, 4 July

Vote: Wednesday, 5 July