• The senior official informed the president of the ministers’ approval of the decision to begin negotiations to update the Global Agreement between Mexico and the European Union, a key instrument of bilateral relations.
  • They expressed their desire for talks and negotiations between the two parties to be undertaken as swiftly as possible.
  • They agreed that the first round of negotiations should be held in June.

President Enrique Peña Nieto met today at the official residence of Los Pinos with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

During the meeting, the EU diplomat announced that the 28 foreign ministers of the EU member states have agreed to begin negotiations to update the Global Agreement between Mexico and the European Union.

The president and Mrs. Mogherini agreed that the first round of negotiations should be held within a month, in June, and that talks and negotiations between the two parties should be conducted as swiftly as possible.

This will allow Mexico and the European Union have a new-generation agreement on economic partnership, political coordination and cooperation.

The Mexican president and the EU diplomatic welcomed the intense trade between the two parties, as a result of the Global Agreement that came into force in 2000.

In 2015, bilateral trade between Mexico and the European Union exceeded $62 billion dollars. Between1999 and 2015, Mexico received nearly $160 billion USD in Foreign Direct Investment from the European Union.

The meeting between President Enrique Peña Nieto and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is a follow-up of the meeting between the Mexican president and Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council respectively as part of his working trip to Belgium in June last year.

Mrs. Federica Mogherini was accompanied by the Head of the European Union Delegation to Mexico Ambassador Andrew Standley; Executive Director for the Americas of the European External Action Service, Edita Hrda; Ambassador Aldo DellÁriccia, Director for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean of the European External Action Service; Peteris Ustubs, Member of the Cabinet of the High Representative; Sandra Bellosi, Deputy Head of the Directorate of Strategic Communication of the High Representative and Mrs. Inmaculada Roca i Cortés, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Mexico.

The president was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu; Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal; Head of the President’s Office Francisco Guzmán Ortiz; Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Carlos de Icaza González; and Mexican Representative to the European Union, Ambassador Eloy Cantú Segovia.