· He respectfully urged lawmakers to begin the debate, “Because we cannot remain passive for any longer, letting time pass without resolving this issue.”

· He asked the state leaders to step up the pace where there are still lags so that, as stated in the Constitution, the new Criminal Justice System will come into effect throughout the country by June.

Given the unanimous position of the state governors to support the Single Police Force in the 32 states, expressed today in the framework of the 50th Regular Meeting of CONAGO, President Enrique Peña Nieto respectfully urged members of Congress to discuss the initiative on this issue that is currently in the Legislative Branch as soon as possible.

”It does not mean that is has to be approved in its current terms, but it must be discussed now because we cannot remain passive for any longer, letting time pass without resolving this issue, which will undoubtedly give greater strength to the Mexican State to cope with a great challenge for everyone: combating insecurity and giving Mexican families more peace and quiet in their homes and on the streets of our cities,” he said.

He recalled that over a year ago, he submitted an initiative for this purpose to Congress, “And for over a year since then, we have not managed to advance the consolidation of this model.”

As he closed the 50th Regular Meeting of the National Governors’ Conference (CONAGO), the president also said that the new model of Adversarial Criminal Justice, which should become operational nationwide next June, “is a reform that has broken the old paradigm on how to administer criminal justice in our country, which had existed for over a hundred years, to make it more expeditious, transparent and open.”

He noted that the Constitution establishes an eight-year period of grace, ending in June of this year, to implement the new model of justice. He respectfully urged the governors and Mayor of Mexico City to step up the pace in areas where there is greater lag in implementation, so that from that date onwards, “This system will be implemented in all the states.” He repeated that, “The entry into force of this system can no longer be postponed.”

He said that, “To date, 74 percent of the country’s population already has access to the new Criminal Justice System: 22 states in which it is already operating effectively.”

President Peña Nieto also told the state leaders that monitoring and modernizing the country’s prison system is a task of the governments of both the federal and local governments.

He recalled that during the previous meeting of the National Public Safety Commission last year, specific agreements were made to consolidate the National Prison Information Register and other specific tasks.

He also called on state leaders to step up the pace and, “Assume their commitment and responsibility regarding this issue” in order to prevent, “Prisons from having problems like those we experienced not only recently, but at other times.”

“We need to consolidate this system as part of the Mexican state’s model for the enforcement and administration of justice,” he added.

The president thanked and congratulated governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Ávila Villegas, who, “More than fulfilled his obligations as president of CONAGO.”

He also congratulated Governor of Oaxaca Gabino Cué Monteagudo, who now chairs the National Governors’ Conference. “Mr. President of CONAGO, know that you have the commitment and willingness of the government; I wish you every success in this responsibility.”

At the CONAGO meeting, President Peña Nieto witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Executive Committee for Victims and the various states, which seeks to establish a relationship of responsibility to optimize public policies aimed at the care, assistance and protection of victims of crime.

The president also inaugurated the remodeling of the Morelos Theater, where the CONAGO Meeting was held.

UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S LEADERSHIP, CONAGO HAS GENERATED A GREAT SYNERGY THAT REVITALIZES AND BOOSTS OUR FEDERAL PACT: ERUVIEL ÁVILA

Governor of the State of Mexico and outgoing President of CONAGO Eruviel Ávila said that this is a “Robust conference, a solid conference, a conference that brings results, a conference that progresses. But this has been thanks to the support and generosity of President Enrique Peña Nieto.”

He declared that under his leadership, “Mexico is much more than the sum of its parts. You have created a great synergy, a synergy that revitalizes and enhances our federal pact.”

On the subject of his seven months’ work as director of CONAGO, Eruviel Ávila said that on the issue of security, last month this conference told the Senate, “Of the need, urgency and importance of implementing a Single Police Force.” “It is better,” he said, “to have 32 strong, robust, well-prepared, well-trained state police forces than over  1,800 municipal police with weaknesses and many challenges.”

He therefore issued, “A respectful invitation to the Senate to ensure that the initiatives of this Upper House can be examined and that the Constitution can be amended so that we formally have a Single State Police Force.”

He also mentioned that the heads of the local executive branches prepared a strategy in conjunction with the Minister of Social Development, to improve poverty indicators in the different regions of the country, so as to reduce the gaps in housing, health, food and education.

He added that today, three new commissions were created within CONAGO: the Mexico-Asia Pacific Commission, chaired and coordinated by Governor of Coahuila Ruben Moreira; the Winegrowing Commission, coordinated by Governor of Baja California, Francisco Vega; and the Open Local Government, Transparency and Accountability Commission, coordinated by Governor of Sonora Claudia Pavlovich.

WE SUPPORT WITH RESPONSIBILITY AND REPUBLICAN COOPERATION THE MAJOR REFORMS THAT ARE MOVING MEXICO: GABINO CUÉ

Governor of the State of Oaxaca and incoming president of CONAGO Gabino Cué  confirmed the, “Conviction of the Conference to support, with responsibility and republican cooperation, the major reforms that are moving Mexico in an unstoppable appointment with greatness.”

He said that CONAGO, “Has vision and direction. We have absolute clarity about the areas of our competencies and, therefore, total willingness to direct the force of the republic towards the agenda of priorities of our Mexico, within a framework of shared responsibility, dialogue and consensus with the branches of government and Mexico’s institutions.”

He emphasized that the conference, “Will maintain its exercise of reflection and analysis of national priorities through the fruitful work of its 25 thematic committees.” In that same spirit, he added, “We will continue to cultivate political communication with the government institutions led by President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose mandate has been responsive and diligent as regards the initiatives arising from the National Governors’ Conference.”

He confirmed the governors’ commitment to the, “Legality, law enforcement and security of all Mexicans, by working to ensure that all the states in the country comply in a timely manner with the implementation of the new Criminal Justice System, which will into force on June 18 this year.”

He also set some tasks for CONAGO for the coming months, such as the materialization of the Federal Law on Special Economic Zones, currently being deliberated in the Senate; the expansion of the coverage of the benefits of social programs; and “fostering coincidences and building agreements to support the prompt implementation of the Single State Police Force in the country,” among other issues.

Noting that CONAGO, “Supports the promotion of a national dialogue with the economic, political and social actors in the country” that will place the economic stability and governance of Mexico above any other interest, he repeated that, “It is and will be a critical pillar of Mexican federalism that will add and multiply the talent, ability and patriotism of the great women and men willing to serve Mexico.”

GOVERNOR FRANCISCO OLVERA PROPOSES THE CREATION OF THE INSTITUTE FOR REGIONAL AND METROPOLITAN DEVELOPMENT

Governor of Hidalgo Francisco Olvera Ruiz proposed the creation of the Institute for Regional and Metropolitan Development as an administrative body of the federal government responsible for the research, analysis and forecasting of the development of regions, including those in which the metropolitan phenomenon is present.

He said that today, regional and metropolitan development in Mexico experiences the globalization process as one of its major challenges, particularly as regards the competitiveness of regions, their cultural identity and social survival on the basis of their vocations and potentials.

GOVERNOR OF AGUASCALIENTES CALLS FOR THE DAIRY FARMERS’ PROBLEM TO BE ATTENDED TO.

Carlos Lozano de la Torre, Governor of Aguascalientes, said that dairy producers in the country are currently facing one of the worst crises in recent times, due to falling prices and rising imports.  He therefore called on federal authorities to ensure that, together with CONAGO, they will provide a prompt, efficient solution to this problem, which, he said, “Cannot wait any longer.”

He explained that dairy producers’  income has decreased, because, “They are producing surplus raw milk which has not found an outlet on the domestic market,” which has caused serious damage, mainly for small and medium producers.

In response to this situation, he proposed a series of measures, including the compilation of an up to date list of dairy farmers to make public policies for this sector more efficient.

THE CREATION OF THE MINING FUND ALLOWS WEALTH FROM THAT ACTIVITY TO BE REDISTRIBUTED TO THE PARTS OF THE COUNTRY THAT PRODUCE IT AND IN ALL FAIRNESS, DESERVE IT: MIGUEL ALONSO REYES

Miguel Alonso Reyes, Governor of Zacatecas, thanked the president because as a result of Tax Reform, 25 states and 199 municipalities with a vocation for mining, the country's fourth largest economic activity, obtain larger budgetary resources. “Specifically, these reforms were designed to ensure that mining companies contribute a significant percentage of the net income of the extracted product to mining municipalities and states,” he said.

He said the creation of the Fund for the Sustainable Regional Development of Mining States and Municipalities, “Represents a breakthrough in the creation of a new scheme for the redistribution of national wealth in favor of the areas of the country that produce it and in all fairness, deserve it,” and it has a sense of justice regarding the historical debt we have with the localities where inequality, marginalization and poverty prevail.

THE GOVERNOR OF JALISCO INVITES CONAGO TO THE CLIMATE CHANGE FOR THE AMERICAS SUMMIT, TO BE HELD IN THE CITY OF GUADALAJARA

Stressing the importance of environmental care, Governor of Jalisco Aristotle Sandoval Diaz, called on all members of CONAGO to attend the Climate Change for the Americas Summit, to be held in Guadalajara at the end of June, which will follow up on the COP21 agreements.

He proposed the creation of a special working group with the various governors to have a specific proposal on climate and forests issued by CONAGO.

THE CONAGO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION HAS SERVED AS A COORDINATION INSTRUMENT BETWEEN THE STATES AND THE GOVERNMENT: MOREIRA VALDEZ

Ruben Moreira Valdez, Governor of Coahuila, said that since its inception, the Human Rights Commission of the National Governors’ Conference, “Has served as a modest instrument of coordination between the states and the government for complying with international commitments and those born of our national laws.”

He declared that the signing of the cooperation agreement between the Executive Committee for Victims and the various states, “Constitutes a permanent dialogue mechanism to expedite actions to channel or exchange information and the design and implementation of policies for compliance with the General Law on Victims which you promoted, Mr. President.”

He noted that in June of this year, they will submit a report to the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. “This is a significant exercise that makes it possible to assess the progress of our country in protecting and defending the rights of women, but also allows us to assume the remaining challenges in this area.”