Cuba and EU to sign $21.5m renewable energy deal

The EU and Cuba are to sign a renewable energy deal this week, in which the EU will provide $21.5m (18m Euro) in support of Cuba’s renewable energy sector. 

EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini has condemned the US economic blockade of the communist island as “obsolete” and “illegal”, but under Trump the US has rolled back the rapprochement championed by his predecessor Barack Obama. 

“We are committed to support Cuba’s economic and social reforms,” Mogherini said in a statement ahead of the meeting.

“Jointly, we want to foster sustainable development, promote democracy and human rights, and find common solutions to global challenges, such as climate change and security related topics.”