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Eu Mexico Free Trade Agreement Full Text

By Zach Arnold | December 7, 2020

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The European Union and Mexico have reached an “agreement in principle” on the main trade parties of a new eu-Mexico association agreement. The new agreement replaces a previous agreement between the EU and Mexico in 2000. In May 2015, Mexico`s Economy Minister and the European Commission`s Trade Commissioner met to prepare to modernise the trade part of the global agreement between Mexico and the European Union. On 14 July 1998, a joint committee of the interim agreement was established and negotiations were initiated for a free trade agreement. Nine rounds of negotiations took place between November 1998 and November 1999. Negotiations on the free trade agreement between Mexico and the EU, concluded on 24 November 1999. The objectives of the agreement (Article 1) include the gradual liberalisation of trade in goods, in accordance with GATT Article XXIV, and the liberalisation of trade in services in accordance with Article V of the GATS. It is therefore a second-generation free trade agreement, which includes, in addition to trade in goods, trade in services, investment and public procurement. The agreement provides for effective access to the industrial products market in the form of tariffs and rules of origin. Mexico has gradually liberalized all manufactured products (Annex V).

In return, EFTA grants duty-free access to Mexican exports of all industrial products until the agreement comes into force (Annex IV). Both sides are in the process of finalizing the legal revision of the text of the modernized agreement. After translation into all EU languages, it is sent to EU Member States and the European Parliament for signature and conclusion. The eighth round of negotiations took place in Mexico City from 8 to 7 January 2018. The ninth round of negotiations began on 12 February 2018 in Mexico City. On 21 April 2018, Mexico and the European Union concluded negotiations for a new global agreement. The new agreement includes political, economic and cooperative aspects to strengthen political dialogue, boost trade and investment and strengthen technical and scientific cooperation between the two sides. The context, benefits, concerns and process of the agricultural trade agreement are addressed in three bilateral agricultural agreements negotiated between the State of EFTA (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and Mexico.

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