On 22 June 2020 the European Union and Mexico held the XIII EU-Mexico Joint Committee under the EU-Mexico “Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement” (“Global Agreement”, 2000), by videoconference. The previous Joint Committee was held in Mexico City on 10 - 11 June 2013.
During today’s meeting, the Mexican Delegation was headed by Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Julian Ventura, while the European Delegation was headed by the European External Action Service’s Managing Director for the Americas Edita Hrda.
The parties took stock of joint work under the EU-Mexico Strategic Partnership (2008) and of the process to modernise the EU-Mexico "Global Agreement". As all substantive issues have been agreed upon, they concurred on the need to speed up the internal procedures for the signing of the modernised EU-Mexico Global Agreement, with the end of 2020 – early 2021 as a target date, in principle at a bilateral Summit. They also agreed that, following today’s Joint Committee meeting, a Joint Council at Ministerial level will be held before the end of 2020.
The modernized Global Agreement will strengthen and deepen our political dialogue and cooperation, and increase our already robust bilateral trade and investment relationship. Furthermore, it will send a clear signal of mutual commitment to a strong and effective rules-based multilateral system.
The parties also reviewed the agenda of EU-Mexico dialogues under the Strategic Partnership for the rest of 2020. They confirmed that the following two dialogues will be held in July 2020:
They also exchanged views and committed to explore dates and draft agendas for the following dialogues:
The parties also discussed issues of shared interest at the regional level. They addressed COVID-19 pandemic response, in its different dimensions, the new EU Commission priorities, including the “Green Deal” and green recovery, energy and climate change, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing, and other areas of cooperation such the EU’s contribution to the “El Salvador-Honduras-Guatemala-Mexico Comprehensive Development Plan”. They reaffirmed their strong commitment to continue to work together on issues of mutual interest, both bilaterally and as partners on a global scale.
The Joint Committee meeting reinforced the already excellent relationship between the EU and Mexico and will pave the way for further work on issues of shared interest at bilateral, regional and multilateral level.