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The European Union and Mexico have reached an "agreement in principle" on the main trade parts of a new EU-Mexico Association Agreement. The new agreement replaces a previous deal between the EU and Mexico from 2000. Trade relations between the EU and Mexico are governed by the trade pillar of the 2000 agreement, known as EU-Mexico Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement (also referred to as the 'Global Agreement')
The original agreement brought many trade benefits to the EU and Mexico, though some trade barriers still remain.
The new deal will:
- scrap high Mexican tariffs on European food and drinks;
- allow EU firms to sell more services to Mexico, and;
- pledge to protect workers' rights and the environment.
Negotiations with Mexico started in May 2016 and both sides reached an agreement in principle on the trade part in April 2018.
The new agreement, once ratified, will replace the existing EU-Mexico Global Agreement, which entered into force in 2000.
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This year, the EU and Mexico celebrate the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of their Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement, known as the Global Agreement.
The European Union and Mexico concluded today the last outstanding element of the negotiation of their new trade agreement.