Summit strengthens EU, Mexico partnership

    Leaders of the European Union and Mexico have agreed to extend a strategic partnership formed in 2010 that reinforces dialogue and cooperation between the two on socio-economic issues, security and the environment.

    The decision was made at the sixth EU-Mexico bilateral summit June 17, attended by Mexican President Felipe Calderón, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

    The summit provided the European Union opportunity to reaffirm the importance of the partnership, Van Rompuy and Barroso said in a statement following the summit. They said the European Union and Mexico are “strong partners in promoting universal human rights, fighting climate change and fostering free trade.”

    At the summit, both parties recognized the importance of boosting the competitiveness of Mexico’s small and medium enterprises. Mexico also invited the Western bloc to explore new initiatives for triangular cooperation under the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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