EU Foreign Policy chief to visit Cuba

EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini will visit Cuba on 23 and 24 March. She will meet Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the archbishop of Havana, and other NGOs leaders. (ANSA)

The planned visit appears to mark a further thaw in relations between Cuba and the West. (AFP)

“The European Union is eager to see how we can take the relationship forward with strong momentum,” Ms. Mogherini said. (Wall Street Journal)

EU-Cuba cooperation was resumed in October 2008. Since then, the Commission has committed around € 60 million for cooperation with the island. The EU is Cuba’s second most important trading partner (accounting for 20% of total Cuban trade). The EU is the second biggest source of Cuban imports (20%) and was the third most important destination for Cuban exports (21%). The EU is Cuba’s biggest external investor. Approximately one third of all tourists visiting the island every year come from the EU. (European External Action Service)