Delegations of the EU and Mexico met in Brussels on 13 November to hold the fifth 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.
Building on the advancements made during previous rounds, the two sides discussed the remaining open articles on Political Dialogue and Cooperation.
Both sides reached overall agreement on most issues and were pleased to note that the negotiations on these aspects of the agreement were now in the final stages.
The talks also covered Institutional and Final provisions, where continued progress was made.
Reaffirming their commitment to conclude negotiations on the whole agreement this year, both parties agreed to hold a sixth round of negotiations in Mexico City on 29-30 November to conclude discussions on the remaining issues.
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.