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Visit to Cuba: Dutch Trade Mission
The names of the companies making the journey are being kept secret, chiefly to avoid sanctions by the United States, which still imposes a trade embargo against Cuba. However, Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad is reporting that representatives from the Rabobank and three Rotterdam-based shipping companies are among the delegation.

NGOs such as CNV (the National Federation of Christian Trade Unions in the Netherlands) and Pax Christi have been urging Dutch companies to begin cooperating with the Cuban government once a number of conditions have been met. These include the improvement of Cuban workers' rights and a discussion of the position of the country's trades union leaders and dissidents.

On Saturday, European Commissioner Louis Michel said that the European Union must begin a dialogue with Cuba, one that could lead to the normalisation of relations between the two.


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