After two years of negotiations, finally the European Union (EU) decided to advance in a new agreement with Cuba. This means leaving behind the so-called "common position" adopted by the bloc in 1996 at the behest of the Spanish conservative government of José María Aznar. This initiative subordinated any possible cooperation between the parties to what Brussels considered "improvements in human rights and fundamental freedoms" on the island."
The Council has repealed the Common Position on Cuba adopted by the EU in 1996," said the regional integration body that links 28 European countries. They also stressed that on December 12 a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement will be signed with the participation of Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez.
Federica Mogherini, head of European diplomacy said: ". We are at a real turning point in relations between the EU and Cuba Through this new agreement, the EU shows its willingness to support the process of economic and social modernization" of the island. It should be remembered that the largest of the Antilles is the only Latin American country that did not have an association or cooperation agreement with Brussels.