Press Release: Trade negotiations: Vice-President Katainen travels to Mexico

Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness will travel on 1 February 2018 to Mexico for high-level political meetings in the context of the ongoing negotiations for a new trade agreement between the EU and Mexico. The overall objective of the ongoing negotiations is to upgrade the EU-Mexico relation based on an agreement negotiated two decades ago putting in place rules adapted to the reality of today’s global trade. This would also send a strong signal in support of an open, rules-based and fair trade order that the EU is strongly committed to promote. The programme of the Commissioner Katainen‘s visit in Mexico City includes meetings with Mr Luis Videgaray Caso, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Mr José Antonio González Anaya, Minister of Finances, and Mr Ernesto Cordero, President of the Mexican Senate, as well as a group of Mexican business representatives. The visit takes place in an important phase of talks. Following this intensive work in the end of 2017, more meetings were held already in January and will continue with the Mexican delegation set to come to Brussels from 5 to 9 February and EU negotiators flying to Mexico the week after, 12-16 February. The negotiations have already been successful for large parts of the agreement and the both sides remain strongly committed to achieving an ambitious and balanced deal and aim to conclude the talks as soon as possible. The EU-Mexico trade increased by 170% since the previous agreement became effective. The EU is today Mexico’s second-biggest export market after the US. More information about EU-Mexico trade relations(For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Kinga Malinowska – Tel: +32 229 51383)

Source: European Commission

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