EU says will respond to controversial US move on Cuba, dw.com

The EU says a move by the US to fully implement the Helms-Burton Act on Cuba violates international law. European companies could be affected by lawsuits resulting from Washington’s decision.

The European Union said on Thursday it would take “measures” in response to a decision by Washington to allow lawsuits in US courts against companies using premises confiscated by the communist government of Cuba .

The EU considers the US move to be “contrary to international law” and “will draw on all appropriate measures to address the effects of the Helms-Burton Act, including in relation to its WTO rights,” according to a statement from the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini.

The administration of US President Donald Trump announced in April that it would activate a provision of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act that has been waived by every president since the law was passed, due to objections from US allies doing business in Cuba. Läs artikel