The role of the European Union Delegation in Mexico
The European Union is represented in Mexico by its Delegation located in the capital of the country, Mexico City.
The establishment of diplomatic relations between the European Union and Mexico began in 1960, but the Delegation of the EU was officially established in Mexico in 1989. The Delegation is categorised as a diplomatic mission and officially represents the EU in Mexico.
It is currently headed by Ambassador Andrew Standley. This is one of the more than 140 offices that the European Union has established among countries and International Organizations (OECD, OSCE, UN, ILO, FAO).
With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treatyon December 1st 2009, the Delegation's role has been reinforced in the political relation's area of the host country. In particular, the EU maintains historic and cultural ties with Mexico and shares a series of fundamental values such as democracy, respect towards the State of Law and Human Rights.
The European Union and Mexico enjoy rich bilateral relation which, in past years, has produced important achievements and results. An evidence on this is that today Mexico is the only country in Latin America with which the EU has a Global Agreement (Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation) signed in 2000, together with a Strategic Association since 2008.
The Global Agreement between the EU and Mexico, which celebrated it's tenth anniversary in 2010, is the most developed legal instrument that the EU can sign with a third country. It has brought significant benefits to both parties. On the one hand, investment and trade relations have been intensified, increasing on trade flows superior to 140%. On the other hand, the Global Agreement provides a wide cooperation frame in which the European Commission has invested more than 110 million Euros only in bilateral programs since 2002.
Regarding the bilateral cooperation throughout the 2007-2013 period, the total contribution of the EU sums up to 55 million Euros. In this period, the EU and Mexico have identified three sectors of collaboration: social cohesion, sustainable and competitive economy, and education and culture.
Furthermore, the most noticeable expression of the excellent relations between the EU-Mexico is the condition of Strategic Partner which was established in 2008. The EU has recognised Mexico as Strategic Partner, since Mexico constitutes a true bridge between Latin America and North America, and to a certain extent, between industrialized and emerging countries. Mexico only shares this condition of Strategic Partner with ten other countries in the world.
This privileged relationship will allow Mexico and the European Union to face common challenges together, such as the increasing insecurity, strengthening promotion and protection of human rights, and fighting against climate change. The EU invests more than 75 million Euros in Mexican environmental projects and programmes.
All of this has an impact on the benefit on economic and political actors, but also in Mexican and European civil society, which participates actively in our politics and programs. Moreover it also benefits young people, who can enjoy exchange programs, and also society in general, which is the final objective of all of these efforts.
Competencies and the mandate of the Delegation of the European Union to Mexico
- Promote the political and economic relations between Mexico and the European Union, maintaining wide contact with governmental organisms and increase the consciousness about the EU, its institutions and programs.
- Representing the EU before Mexican national authorities.
- Inform Mexican citizens about the EU's development, and explain and defend community policies.
- Ensure the follow-up of the bilateral relations in the areas of politics, economy, trade and cooperation.
- Continue the dialogue with Mexico through the Global Agreement and help to fulfil the objectives of the Strategic Partnership.
- Promote and defend the values and interests of the EU, play a key role in the field of international cooperation and collaboration in the development of various policies and programs.
- Facilitate coordination with the Member State Embassies in Mexico, particularly in the areas of competition, trade and external assistance.
- Provide support and assistance to other institutions and EU actors.
- Cooperate with public entities and civil society's organizations represented in Mexico, according to the guidelines of the EU's cooperation with Latin America.
- Provide direct humanitarian aid through the ECHO offices, and ensuring long-term programming of aid programs and development cooperation.
- Analyze the politics and development of Mexico and inform EU Headquarters.
- Participate in the proper functioning of the common foreign and security policies.
- To host governments, administrations, media, business associations and civil society.