EU-Cuba Joint Council: MEPs want trade and investment among EU priorities 

MEPs will debate EU-Cuba cooperation priorities with Federica Mogherini on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of the first EU-Cuba Joint Council meeting.

Ahead of the first EU-Cuba Joint Council at ministerial level to take place before the summer in Brussels, and following the provisional entry into effect of the EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA), MEPs will quiz EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on how EU priorities will be addressed in the new co-operation framework. MEPs’ questions are likely to focus in particular on protecting EU firms against the effects of the US trade embargo, EU support for investment in Cuba, human rights in the country and inter-parliamentary relations.

The first ever EU-Cuba cooperation deal, backed by the European Parliament in July 2017, provides for enhanced political dialogue, improved bilateral cooperation and joint action in multilateral fora.

In monitoring the implementation of the PDCA, MEPs will also pay particular attention to human rights and civil liberties in Cuba, and the role of Cuban civil society.

Debate: Tuesday, 13 March

Procedure: Statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy