Fourth implementation cycle of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between Cuba and the European Union.

The fourth Dialogue between Cuba-European Union on Unilateral Coercive Measures takes place this Wednesday, April 24 in Brussels, Belgium. The exchange continues the one held in March 2021, in virtual format.

Havana, Cuba.- The parties are discussing the effects of the imposition of unilateral coercive measures as a means of exerting political and economic pressure against States, the legal and practical areas of existing legislation in the European Union to counteract the extraterritorial application of laws imposed by third countries, as well as the treatment of the issue in multilateral forums.

The Cuban delegation is chaired by the Director General of Multilateral Affairs and International Law of the Foreign Ministry, Rodolfo Benítez Verson, to update the European side on the intensification of the criminal blockade imposed by the United States against the Cuban people and the effects of the arbitrary and unjustified inclusion of Cuba in the unilateral List of States allegedly sponsoring terrorism, prepared by the Department of State. The effects of this policy on cooperation projects between Cuba and the European Union will be evaluated.

The European Union delegation is headed by Mr. Pelayo Castro, Deputy Director General for the Americas of the European External Action Service (EEAS), and other senior officials of the European diplomatic service.

This meeting is held under the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement concluded between Cuba and the European Union in 2016 and put into force, provisionally, in 2017, which is in its fourth implementation cycle.

On Thursday, April 25, the delegations of the "Largest of the Antilles" and the EU will exchange shared priorities on sustainable development, the achievements, and challenges in implementing the 2030 Agenda approved by the United Nations.

They will also exchange their respective strategies and experiences in the Sustainable Development Goals until 2030, to identify possible joint collaborative actions in the multilateral forums where these issues are addressed.