Back to Latin America: Cuba, Mexico and Colombia

Back to Latin America: Cuba, Mexico and Colombia

I write after coming back from Latin America, for a three-fold visit to Cuba, Mexico and Colombia. My first stop was in Cuba, on the occasion of the “EU-Cuba Joint Council” – that is, our annual opportunity for discussion with Cuban authorities, which we created with the historic 2016 deal between the European Union and Cuba. My visit started with a meeting with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, before the Joint Council: we discussed how to accompany the modernisation of the Cuban economy, human rights, multilateralism and climate change, but also how to protect our firms investing in Cuba from the impact of American sanctions. Here are my remarks at the Joint Council, here is the press conference. Then I met with President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, and later with representatives of civil society and of European businesses working in Cuba. Finally, I visited the Santa Clara Convent and the Institute of Arts – two important places for the Cuban culture and economy, which will be renewed thanks to the European Union’s support. From Havana to Mexico City, for my second visit since the beginning of my mandate – the first since the new government was sworn in. In my meeting with Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard we discussed our common commitment to promoting a multilateral and cooperative global governance, but also how to conclude negotiations on a new agreement between the EU and Mexico. It is not “just” a free trade agreement, but a deal of a new generation that protects our workers and the environment, and strengthens our political cooperation. I also talked about multilateralism and cooperation with Mexico in a...