Political, trade and cooperation relations between the European Union (EU) and Mexico are governed by the 1997 Global Agreement. Mexico has been a strategic partner of the EU since 2008.
Mexico is a bridge between South and North America and, to a certain degree, between industrialised and emerging countries. Because of its unique geographical situation, Mexico and the European Union work together to face common challenges such as security and the promotion of human rights.
The EU has historical and cultural ties with Mexico and shares fundamental values, such as democracy and respect for the rule of law.
The gradual strengthening of bilateral relations between the EU and Mexico in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Agreement led to the establishment of closer political ties. That was how the Strategic Association was established.
The Global Agreement
Bilateral relations between the European Union and Mexico are governed by the 1997 Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement (Global Agreement), which came into force in 2000.
The Global Agreement was used to establish regular political dialogue between the European Union and Mexico.
The Strategic Association
The 2008 Strategic Association improved EU-Mexico international coordination and strengthened bilateral relations. The agreement establishes four thematic areas: politics, security, the environment and socioeconomic matters.