Parliamentary questions. 2 September 2014
Question for written answer to the Commission. Rule 130
Fernando Maura Barandiarán (ALDE)
The second round of negotiations between the European Union and Cuba on a possible bilateral agreement came to a close during the final week of August 2014.
Cuba is, however, one of the few countries that have not ratified international agreements on civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. Furthermore, the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union both stipulate that the EU’s external policy must be directed towards the promotion of human rights.
1. Will the EU make signature of any agreement with Cuba conditional upon the aforementioned human rights agreements being ratified and genuinely complied with?
2. The EU delegation, headed by Christian Leffler, spoke of ‘substantial progress’: what ‘substantial progress’ has been made on human rights specifically?
Answer given by High Representative/Vice President Ashton on behalf of the Commission
The negotiations seek to establish a robust framework for constructive dialogue and improved cooperation between the EU and Cuba. The agreement will help promoting EU interests and values in Cuba in the most effective way. It will create a framework, within which issues such as the ratification of the International Covenants on Civil and Political rights as wll as on Economic, Social and Cultural rights by Cuba will be promoted.
EEAS referred to the ‘substantial progress’ during the second round of negotiations on the structure and some drafting of the cooperation and policy dialogue chapter .