A senior Spanish minister, Diego Garrido Lopez has said that Spain would like the European Union to have the same kind of relations with Cuba that it has with other nations which are not completely democratic. Secretary of State for the European Union, Lopez advocated similar commercial links with Cuba like the association agreements held with other countries. Spain is due to take over the EU’s rotating presidency for 6 months starting January 1. Lopez said that Spain wants to change the EU’s current stand on Cuba, which associates relations with democracy and respect given to human rights on the island nation. Some of the countries in the EU are critical of such alterations and have asked for a clarification from Madrid regarding its intentions to do this during its presidency.