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Date Posted: 7/01/07 1:22:49
In reply to: Gostava de saber. 's message, "Onde esta e soberania Norueguesa?" on 5/01/07 18:34:54
EU Counters Helms-Burton Act
From Reuter. 28 October, 1996
LUXEMBOURG (Reuter) - EU Foreign Ministers agreed on Monday to make it illegal for Europeans to obey Washington's anti-Cuban Helms-Burton Act.
Day-long negotiations persuaded Denmark that tit-for-tat counter-measures to the U.S. legislation would not compromise its sovereignty.
Trade Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan said the decision was "an historic breakthrough which shows we have the will and capacity to defend our interests."
The Helms-Burton Act was passed earlier this year to a chorus of indignation from some of America's closest friends and largest trade partners.
Among other things, it allows naturalised Americans to sue in U.S. courts foreign companies or individuals deemed to have gained from investments in property confiscated in Cuba since Fidel Castro's communist revolution of 1959.
The EU law will prohibit European individuals or companies from complying with the act -- which has been suspended by U.S. President Bill Clinton until January -- and allow them to reclaim damages in EU courts.
EU diplomats believe Clinton -- ahead in all polls to retain the U.S. presidency -- passed the act only because of Congressional pressure in an election year and is likely to further suspend it further in the new year.
Brittan said he hoped that now "the EU has levelled the playing field," he would be able to negotiate an equitable solution to the trade row.
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