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International Cooperation


In 1997 Mexico was the first Latin American country to sign a partnership agreement with the EU. The Agreement, called the EU-Mexico Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement, entered into force in 2000 and has considerably strengthened bilateral relations between the EU and Mexico. It governs all relations between the two. The Agreement has also created the conditions for a wide range of cooperation activities to support Mexico in areas such as sustainable economic development, education and culture, and science and technology.

Cooperation in research between the EU and Mexico is based on the 'Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the European Community and the United Mexican States' signed in 2004. Based on mutual interest, it defines the priorities and the modalities of cooperation. Under this agreement cooperation may cover all the activities of research, technological development and demonstration included in the "Cooperation" Specific Programme of FP7.

Read more about how the EU and Mexico have been cooperating in energy research.

Bilateral cooperation

Cooperation with Mexico take mainly place in the conext of the EU's cooperation with the region of Latin America and the Caribbean countries.

On a bilateral level, the most recent meeting of the EU-Mexico joint Steering Committee of the Science and Technology Agreement in January 2008 in Brussels resulted in the approval of roadmap. In the near future, these should lead to an enhanced cooperation in renewable energy research. The specific areas and modalities of this cooperation will be refined during upcoming mutual technical visits.

Multilateral cooperation

The European Union and India work together in the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum. Mexico is a founding member of the Forum since its inception in June 2003. The objective of the CSLF is:

  • to streamline co-operation aiming at developing improved cost-effective technologies for separating carbon dioxide from flue stream gases.
  • to store carbon dioxide safely for the long term
  • to make these technologies broadly applicable internationally for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

The CSLF is currently comprised of 22 members (21 countries plus the European Commission).

Research projects

For more information please click on the project acronym.

Under the Energy Theme of the current research funding programme (FP7, 2007-2013) so far two projects with two participants from Mexico receive funding.

Project Acronym / Title Project total cost (Million EUR) Project EC contribution (Million EUR) Organisation name
New feedstock and innovative transformation process for a more sustainable development and production of lignocellulosic ethanol
4.5 3.4 Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Biofuels Assessment on Technical Opportunities and Research Needs for Latin America
1.3 1.0 Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico


Between 2002 and 2006 (FP6) three projects including four Mexican participants were funded under the research area 'Sustainable Energy Systems' (Topic 6.1.).

Project Acronym / Title Project total cost (Million EUR) Project EC contribution (Million EUR) Organisation name
ENhanced Geothermal Innovative Network for Europe
2,3 2,3 - Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas
- Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada
Solar-Hybrid Power and Cogeneration Plants
3,4 1,8 Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas
Co-ordinated Action on Ocean Energy
1,7 1,6 Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico


No energy research projects including Mexican participants were funded between 1998 and 2002 (FP5).