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Mexico | Brussels, 5 May 2017

EU Trade Commissioner Malmström travels to Mexico to discuss ongoing trade negotiations

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will be travelling to Mexico on 8 and 9 May to assess the state of play and discuss the way forward in the ongoing negotiations for a new EU-Mexico trade agreement.

Textual proposals below

Commissioner Malmström will meet with Mexican secretary of foreign affairs Luis Videgaray Caso and Mexican secretary of economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, as well as representatives of Mexican and European business organisations, civil society organisations and trade unions.

The Commissioner will meet with students at a conference organised by the National Autonomous University of Mexico and speak at a business event focusing on EU-Mexico trade.

She will also visit a large brewery of Heineken, one of many European investors in Mexico. In February, the EU and Mexico agreed to significantly accelerate the pace of the negotiating process.

The latest negotiating round took place in April, with the next one planned for the end of June. The full report from the April round is available online as of today, along with 16 new EU proposals (see below) presented by the EU in the negotiations, including on trade in goods, services, investment, technical barriers to trade, competition rules, trade defence instruments, resolution of state-to-state disputes, transparency and sustainable development. The publication of these proposals stems from the Commission's commitment to transparency in trade negotiations, as expressed in the "Trade for All" strategy paper.

The existing 20-year-old EU-Mexico trade agreement has contributed to triple increase in trade flows between the two partners and benefitted European companies and consumers. The negotiations on a new, modern trade agreement started in the spring of last year. The new agreement will replace the existing trade deal by cutting unnecessary red tape, bringing the relationship up to modern standards, adapted to new global economic realities.

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EU negotiating textual proposals - May 2017

Competition - section on subsidies
Digital trade
Dispute settlement
Good regulatory practices
Investment and trade in services
Rules of origin - introductory note to the annex on product specific rules
Rules of origin - section A
Rules of origin - section B
Specific provision concerning the management of preferential treatment
State-owned enterprise
Technical barriers to trade
Sustainable development
Remedies (anti-dumping and countervailing duties and global safeguard measures)

EU negotiating textual proposals - November 2016

Rules of Origin
Public Procurement
Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
Energy and Raw Material
Intellectual Property Rights