The Cuban vice president, Ricardo Cabrisas, and the director general of cooperation and development of the European Commission (EC), Stéfano Manservisi, today reviewed in Havana the current state and future prospects of bilateral cooperation, state media reported on the island.
During the meeting, held within the framework of the first subcommittee on cooperation between Cuba and the European Union, Cabrisas and Manservisi acknowledged the progress made in the last year in the implementation of the 2014-2020 Multiannual Indicative Program, according to the state-run Cuban News Agency (ACN). ).
This program provides Cuba with non-reimbursable funds worth 50 million euros (equivalent to 57.2 million dollars) to support projects in the energy and agriculture sectors, as well as the exchange of experts.
The Cuban vice president and the EC executive agreed on the importance of continuing to deepen the work in these sectors, which are priorities for the economic and social development of Cuba, the report said.
Likewise, Cabrisas highlighted the importance of the constitution of this Subcommittee on Cooperation, as part of the implementation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement signed between Cuba and the European Union (EU) in December 2016, and considered that it will contribute to strengthen the links of cooperation in an environment "of respect, transparency and trust".
The Director General of Cooperation and Development of the EC, Stéfano Manservisi, was accompanied by the EU Ambassador to Cuba, Alberto Navarro, and the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the EC Directorate General for Cooperation and Development, Jolita Butkeviciene .
The vice minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Ileana Núñez, and the commercial policy director of that portfolio, Inalvis Bonachea, also participated on the Cuban side.
Cuba and the European Union have the first legal framework to regulate their relations, an agreement of political dialogue and cooperation that came into force provisionally in November 2017 and which marks the end of the isolation of the island as the only country in the region with that the EU did not yet have a bilateral agreement.
This agreement provides, according to the EU, to help strengthen democracy and respect for human rights, and to provide a common platform for bilateral investment and to cooperate more closely in global challenges.