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Mexico City, Mexico, May 15, 2017.
Delegations of Mexico and the European Union (EU) met in Mexico City today to hold the second round of negotiations aimed at updating the political and cooperation aspects of their legal framework, on the basis of the Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement (Global Agreement), signed in 1997 and which entered into force in 2000.
The first round of negotiations took place in Brussels last June. It focused on working methods and organisation of work, but also provided for a first exchange on the content of the new agreement. Since then, both parties have continued working and exchanging topic and text proposals covering all issues that are institutional and political in nature, as well as those related to cooperation in its various modalities. Economic and trade negotiations are also moving forward on a parallel track.
This second round of negotiations was led by the Ambassador Carlos de Icaza, Mexico’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Amb. Agustín García-López, Executive Director for the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), on the Mexican side and EU Chief Negotiator Ambassador Edita Hrdá, Managing Director for the Americas of the European External Action Service (EEAS), on the EU side. DG DEVCO Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jolita Butkeviciene, also participated in the negotiations.
The round concluded with a substantial level of agreement on a wide array of issues regarding multilateral and bilateral political dialogue and collaboration, as well as cooperation on international development matters. Both parties agreed to hold a third round of negotiations in Brussels on 10th July.
Finally, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to conclude negotiations this year. The objective is to reinforce the strategic partnership, strengthen political dialogue and increase cooperation and coordination on foreign and security policy and global issues to be better suited to respond to the shared global challenges of today’s world.