Cuba and EU to restart political dialogue
Cuba and the European Union (EU) will restart in May a political dialogue at foreign ministries level, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez announced on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
Rodriguez made the announcement in a press conference together with European commissioner for the Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel.
Michel is in Cuba to head the EU delegation for the discussions with Cuba on collaboration at food security, researches, development, commerce, renewable energies, climate change and reduction of catastrophes, between both countries.
"We have agreed to have a meeting in May at a foreign ministries level in Brussels," Rodriguez said, adding that the meeting is aimed to move ahead on the normalization of Cuba's ties with the EU.
Michel said Europe will give Cuba more money on food aid after the hurricanes of last year.
Michel said the money is of 11.7 million euros and it will be used to create and increase the country's agriculture capacity in the six most affected Cuban provinces by the hurricanes.
Michel also hailed the importance of boosting the collaboration between both sides.
On October 2008, EU approved emergency humanitarian aid of two million euros and another 25 to 30 million euros in 2009, to rebuild the damages caused by hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which produced damages of 10 billion U.S. dollars in Cuba.