The modernization of the EU-Mexico Association Agreement: between change and continuity

Within the framework of consolidating an open strategic autonomy that allows it to face the current cha- llenges, the European Union (EU) has undertaken the challenge of strengthening global cooperation through its extensive network of association and free trade agreements. Mexico has maintained a close relationship with the EU since the Global Agreement, in force since 2000. In 2016 it was announced its modernization in order to promote a state-of-the-art agreement that responds to international changes and incorporates crucial elements for sustainable development, such as social and environmental clauses. 

In this context, the main objective of this document is to identify and analyse to what extent the modernization and ratification of the Mexico-European Union Global Agreement (and its full use) can contribute to a better international insertion in economic matters of each party, to its role in international relations, and to the transitions that they must undertake in aspects such as sustainable development, digitization and social cohesion. Through the pillars of the Global Agreement, in terms of political dia- logue, trade and cooperation, it consists, in particular, of highlighting the potential of the agreement in order to reaffirm its strategic autonomy and contribute to the strengthening of multilateralism.