Delegations of the EU and Mexico met in Brussels on 10 July to hold the third round of negotiations on the political and cooperation aspects of the modernisation of the Global Agreement. Ambassador Carlos de Icaza, Mexico’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, headed the Mexican delegation, along with Ambassador Agustín García-López Loaeza, Executive Director of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation. Edita Hrdá, EU Chief Negotiator and EEAS Managing Director for the Americas, led the EU side, accompanied by Jolita Butkeviciene, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean in DG DEVCO.
The negotiations will result in a new agreement, which will replace the existing Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement (Global Agreement), signed in 1997 and which entered into force in 2000.
The two sides discussed a broad range of issues to be covered by the new agreement, ranging from political dialogue and human rights, to migration, sustainable development, and environment. For the first time, the talks also covered the institutional and final provisions.
Both sides made progress in the negotiations, building on the advancements made during previous rounds in Brussels in June 2016 and in Mexico City on 15 May this year, completed by sessions held by videoconference. Reaffirming their commitment to conclude negotiations this year, both parties agreed to hold a fourth round of negotiations in Mexico in October.
The updating of the legal framework will reinforce the strategic partnership between the EU and Mexico, increase trade and investment with benefits for all, strengthen political dialogue and increase cooperation and coordination on foreign and security policy issues to better respond to shared global challenges, from security threats, to migration, climate change, human rights, the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, among others.