EU says it will consider options after U.S. decision on Cuba

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The European Union will assess all options to protect its interests in Cuba.

Thus followed the announcement that U.S. would lift a ban on its citizens filing lawsuits against foreign companies operating in Cuba, top EU officials said on Wednesday.

“The EU will consider all options at its disposal to protect its legitimate interests, including in relation to its World Trade Organisation (WTO) rights and through the use of the EU Blocking Statute,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said in a joint statement.

The 28-nation bloc has warned that it could re-launch a WTO case on the issue.

Meanwhile, its “Blocking Statute” allows EU companies sued in the U.S. to recover any damages from U.S. claimants in EU courts.

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