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ICDC conference ‘Europe for Cuba: the New Policy of the EU and its Member States towards Cuba’ held in Brussels, 30th May

2006-06-13 / Kristina Prunerová

The International Committee for Democracy in Cuba (ICDC) held a conference entitled ‘Europe for Cuba: the New Policy of the EU and its Member States towards Cuba’ on May 30th, 2006 at Prague House, Palmerston Avenue 16 in Brussels. Members of the ICDC, delegates from Cuban civic movements, representatives of European institutions and EU member states and delegates from NGOs met during this conference. Participating ICDC members will include former presidents Václav Havel (Czech Republic) and Luis Alberto Lacalle (Uruguay); former head of state Vytautas Landsbergis (Lithuania) and Vice-President of the European Parliament Edward McMillan-Scott (United Kingdom). Please find final program and press release with some of the conclusions in the section of Documents and photos of the event in the gallery.

The participants of the conference presented reports about the situation in Cuba in the past year and made suggestions regarding the position that the EU and its member states should adopt towards Cuba. This event took place just a few days before a meeting of high-level European representatives in June to review the common policy of the EU towards Cuba, adopted in January 2005. At that time, the decision was taken to suspend the diplomatic sanctions imposed in 2003 - sanctions taken following the mass arrest of Cuban democrats - and a constructive dialogue with the regime authorities was recommended to EU member states. This dialogue should have led to the improvement of the situation of human rights in Cuba.


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