In 2015, Mexico strengthened its political dialogue with
Europe at the highest level, with many reciprocal visits and meetings with
European leaders. Progress was also made in strengthening institutional ties
with our major European trading partners.
President Enrique Peña Nieto made four trips to Europe: a
State visit to the United Kingdom from March 3-5; to Belgium to attend the
seventh Mexico – European Union Summit on June 12; an official visit to Italy
from June 13-15; and a State visit to France from July 13 – 16.
Three European leaders made State visits to Mexico: Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on February 12; the President of Finland, Sauli
Niinistö, on May 25 – 26; and King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain from
June 29 to July 1.
The President also held eight meetings with European
dignitaries at various multilateral forums throughout the year.
While in New York for the United Nations General Assembly
from September 25-29, Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu met with the
Foreign Ministers of Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Russia,
Spain, Sweden and Turkey, and the High Representative of the European Union for
Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Also this year, foreign ministry officials visited the
Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Belgium and
Poland, and seven European foreign ministers traveled to Mexico: Italy,
Hungary, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Serbia.
To strengthen Mexico’s institutional links with its European
partners, binational committee meetings were held with Italy and Germany and
political consultations were held with Austria, Ireland, the Czech Republic,
Russia, Poland and Switzerland.
Lastly, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to
establish political consultations with Norway.