Five MEPs will travel to Mexico to strengthen parliamentary diplomacy

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 12:09

Five MEPs, from three political groups of the EP, will be in Mexico City from Thursday, October 28 to Saturday, October 30, with the aim of revitalizing interparliamentary relations and addressing key issues of the strategic alliance between Mexico and the European Union.

Massimiliano Smeriglio (S&D, Italy), co-chair of the Mexico-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee and head of the delegation, said: “I am very happy to be able to go to Mexico City and meet with our counterpart, even though it is a small delegation of MEPs. Among the five MEPs who will travel are three Spaniards: Javi López, Jordi Cañas and Leopoldo López Gil.

Reestablishing relationships in person is essential after the difficult period we have gone through. In a digitalized world, the continuity of our work has, fortunately, been ensured by remote relationships. However, the mission will be a good opportunity to consolidate our ties through conversations and face-to-face meetings, which remain irreplaceable.

It is important that we meet again after the visit to Brussels of the delegation of Mexican parliamentarians for the CPM in February 2020. On that occasion, we had the opportunity to debate in depth on key issues: the political, economic and social situation of Mexico and the EU; gender equality and the fight against violence against women and girls; the exchange of good practices on environmental protection measures. All of them are questions that we wish to return to.

We also hope to hear and learn the point of view of the different Mexican institutions on the ratification of the Global Agreement. A renewal that would make the existing agreement the most modern that the EU has concluded to date. Said agreement consists of a comprehensive cooperation that includes commercial issues; economic; social; political and cultural; as well as the protection of human rights and the defense of democracy and the rule of law. “Common values ​​that have always united and kept Mexico and the EU Member States close.”

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