European Union donates 1.5 million euros to revitalize Línea Street, in Havana

Línea Street, in Havana

HAVANA, Dec.22th  The European Union (EU) will collaborate with Cuba on a development project to revive Linea Street, an important artery in Havana where several recreation centers converge, the Ministry of Culture (Mincult) of the island reported Thursday.

” Cultural Corridor Street Line ” is called this strategy that is part of a group of four major programs associated with the 500th anniversary of the founding of Villa San Cristóbal de La Habana, to be held on November 16, 2019.

According to a note released by Mincult, the initiative will be financed by the EU and aims to revitalize Línea Street, based on “urban, integral, cultural and sustainable regeneration” and favor the beautification of the city.

The bilateral agreement provides for training actions, workshops, a broad communication strategy and the activation of a creative laboratory.

Alberto Navarro, ambassador of the community block in the Caribbean nation, stressed that this is the first cooperation action between both parties implemented directly by a local authority and linked to sustainable cities development strategies.

The collaboration project is derived from the bilateral exchanges in the framework of the celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Cuba and the EU last May held a Joint Council in Brussels – the first of its kind after the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement signed by both parties in December 2016 and provisionally in force since November 2017 – during which they agreed to cooperate in sectors such as renewable energy, food security and sustainable agriculture.