Since April 2014, Cuba is in negotiations with the European Union in order to get relations after years of serious disputes, normalize again, and although this seems a difficult task increasingly becomes a target much more possible.
In this regard, Gianni Pittella, Socialist MEP said that this negotiation “is not easy, but it is a possible target, because this is a favorable turning point”, which implies that both parties are likely to Cuba and the European Union get sign the agreement in less time than expected.
On Tuesday Pittella came to Havana with a group of MEPs to hold several meetings with Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, as well as Deputy Mariela Castro, daughter of President Castro.
One of the highlights that have extended the negotiations has been the issue of human rights, respect Pitella says it has discussed human rights and improving the situation of the same, both in Cuba and the EU.
And negotiations on trade were concluded successfully in Brussels in December, just subtract reach agreements on political dialogue and international cooperation, to find a balance and to finally sign the “Agreement Dialogue political and Cooperation “.
Netherlands seeks to create commercial links with Cuba
From Holland comes to Cuba a delegation led by the Deputy Foreign Minister Lilianne Ploumen along with representatives from 77 different companies and organizations such as Unilever, Philips and Heineken, as well as representatives of the football club Feyenoord, with the intention of consolidating the various trade links between these two countries.
Part of its route include the free zone mega port of Mariel, west of Havana, where he held a baseball game between a team from Cuba and another Dutch; later on Tuesday will visit a cruise terminal in Havana along with other activities.
This visit takes place eight months after the last one held in May 2015 Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, who said that this visit was quite fruitful, as trade between the countries totaled $ 543 million during 2013, making the Netherlands in the 6th most important for the island trading partner after Brazil. It also refers to smaller opportunities like envios aereos a cuba desde miami which is very popular among cuban americans.