EU to shield its companies in Cuba via WTO, blocking U.S. sanctions

# 12:30
2 May 2019

The European Union could take the United States to the World Trade Organization or use retaliatory sanctions to protect its companies in Cuba after President Donald Trump lifted a ban on U.S. citizens filing lawsuits against investors there, ONA reports citing Reuters.

“The EU considers the extra-territorial application of unilateral restrictive measures to be contrary to international law and will draw on all appropriate measures,” the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

Mogherini said those steps could include a World Trade Organization case on the issue or using a “Blocking Statute” legal act.

Mogherini said the EU would also seek support from other countries. The Trump administration last month lifted a long-standing ban against U.S. citizens filing lawsuits against foreign companies that use properties seized by Cuba’s Communist government since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution.