Cuba and EU seize opportunity from Trump and approve first-ever trade deal
In an apparent snub to U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Parliament has approved a pact with Cuba that would expand trade and dialogue channels with the island nation.
The Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement was approved in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday (July 6), by 567 votes to 65, with 31 abstentions. A provisional implementation of the deal is expected to begin within months.
The European Union’s website said that the pact “will help expand bilateral trade, promote dialogue and economic cooperation and provide for joint action on the world scene.”
The EU’s statement goes on to say that “without clearly mentioning the U.S. embargo, [the parliamentarians] are opposed to ‘laws and measures with extraterritorial effect,’ given that they are ‘harmful to the Cuban population.’ The EU-Cuba deal should contribute to improving the living conditions and social rights of Cuban citizens, [the parliamentarians] add.”