Members of the EPP Group Presidency are concluding their 3-day official visit to Mexico today.

“We have had fruitful and inspiring discussions with President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, members of his government, and with all our interlocutors”, said Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP Group.

“The EPP Group supports the successful conclusion of the updated association agreement with Mexico bringing the relationship up to modern standards for mutual benefits. The EU-Mexican trade partnership that is currently being negotiated goes way beyond trade. It is a trade agreement with a soul. EU-Mexico relations are also about upholding common values, democracy and human rights. This is the message that we conveyed during our talks. As partners, we can also learn from each other to set higher standards for human rights, press freedom, and the fight against impunity and corruption”, he added.

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The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 216 Members from 27 Member States

The EPP Group Presidency delegation composed of EPP Group Chair Manfred Weber MEP, EPP Group Vice-Chairs Esteban González Pons, Sandra Kalniete, Esther de Lange and Tadeusz Zwiefka MEPs was received by HE Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico. They also met with the Presidency of the Mexican Senate, with Foreign Affairs Minister Luis Videgaray Caso, Attorney General Raul Cervantes, with Enrique Ochoa Reza, leader of the ruling party (PRI), and with the EPP sister party President Ricardo Anaya Cortés, President of the National Action Party (PAN). They also had talks with representatives of civil society and the private sector and participated in a number of public events.

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