Negotiations with Mexico began in May 2016 and the two sides reached an agreement in principle on the trade side in April 2018. The agreement between the EU and Mexico was reached after “months of intense negotiations,” he said in a statement signed by EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, agriculture colleague Phil Hogan and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal. 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. The tentative agreement with Mexico follows an agreement reached last year with Japan and comes ahead of next week`s talks with the Mercosur bloc of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. The interim agreement, which was to be in force until the comprehensive agreement came into force, was approved by the Mexican Senate on 23 April 1998. The proceeds of this agreement were approved by the European Parliament on 13 May 1998 and the parties exchanged instruments for ratification on 30 June 1998, allowing the interim agreement on accompanying and accompanying measures to enter into force on 1 July 1998. The agreement was adopted by the Council of the European Union on 28 September 2000, after the contracting parties stagnated the necessary notification to enter into force of the agreement and came into force on 1 October 2000. On 28 April 2020, the EU and Mexico concluded the final outstanding element of negotiations on their new trade agreement and agreed on the exact scope of reciprocal openness of public procurement, as well as a high degree of predictability and transparency in procurement procedures. This will enable the EU and Mexico to promote the signing and ratification of this agreement in accordance with their respective rules and procedures.  The details of the published texts and the agreement in principle.
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 EU and Mexico said on Saturday (April 21st) that they had reached an “agreement in principle” to modernize an existing free trade agreement because of pressure on the Latin American country through protectionist measures threatened by US President Donald Trump. On 28 April 2020, the EU and Mexico concluded the last outstanding element of negotiations on their new trade agreement, namely the exact scope of reciprocal opening of public procurement at the sub-central level. In 1997, Mexico was the first Latin American country to sign a partnership agreement with the EU. The EU-Mexico Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement came into force in 2000 and created a Free Trade Area (CETA) between the two parties (see trade section below).