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ECIPE Webinar: Mexico and the European Union – How to Strengthen Opportunities in the Era of Strategic Autonomy?

November 08 2023
Venue: ZOOM Webinar
Speakers: Rogelio Granguillhomme
Time: 15:00

A conversation with Mr Rogelio Granguillhomme, Ambassador of Mexico to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the European Union.

Mexico and the European Union have a long history of economic and political relations that have evolved towards creating a robust institutional framework based on similar values. 2023 has been of the utmost importance for the relationship between the European Union and Mexico. Earlier this year, President von der Leyen toured Latin America and met with several heads of state, including Mexico. Last summer, the EU-CELAC Summit was held in Brussels after an eight-year hiatus. It was a significant opportunity for both Mexican and EU officials to meet and discuss the modernisation of the Global Agreement, which is still awaiting its ratification. Mexico is one of the EU’s ten strategic partners, and the EU is Mexico’s second-largest investor and the third trade partner (after the U.S. and China).

The global economy faces many challenges, such as the war in Ukraine and a growing conflict in the Middle East, which could further strain global production chains and procurement systems trying to recover from the COVID-19 years. At the same time, as the world needs to take stronger action to mitigate the effects of Climate Change, the geopolitical forces shaping globalisation are moving towards the idea that it’s better to have shorter, risk-free, or resilient supply chains. To meet these challenges, the United States and Europe are finding ways to relocate their production nodes to closer allies in geography or values. And Mexico, which shares a border with the U.S., is strategically positioned to reap gains from this process.

Please join us for this conversation as we will explore ways to strengthen the relation between Mexico and the European Union.

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Welcome and introduction by Renata Zilli, researcher at ECIPE, Presentation of Mr. Rogelio Granguillhomme, Ambassador of Mexico to the Kingdom of Belgium, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the European Union.”

1st round of discussion: Limits and Opportunities of the EU-Mexico relation.

2nd round of discussion: Mexico as the bridge between regions: Latin America and North America.

3rd round of discussion: EU-Mexico and the Future of Multilateral Trade.

Questions from the audience and final remarks.

16:00: End.


Rogelio Granguillhomme has more than 40 years of experience in the Mexican public sector, mostly as a diplomat. He is a specialist in international economic affairs, in particular in
economic promotion and international cooperation for development. He is currently Ambassador of Mexico to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of Mission of Mexico to the European Union.