The European Union has condemned a decision by US President Donald Trump's administration to open the way for lawsuits in American courts over property confiscated by Cuba.

The European Union is currently the communist island's biggest trading partner. President Trump will open the way for lawsuits in US courts over property confiscated by Cuba, enforcing a controversial law that angered European allies and could rattle the island's economy, after more than two decades of delay.

Ever since Congress passed the Helms-Burton Act in 1996, US presidents starting with Bill Clinton have used their power to suspend the key provision every six months, mindful of the international consequences.

A senior administration official said National Security Advisor John Bolton will formally unveil the shift today in a speech in Miami in which he will also outline actions on Venezuela and Nicaragua, two other countries in Latin America with leftist governments opposed by Mr.Trump.

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