On 29 May 2019, in Mexico City, we co-chaired the second EU-Mexico dialogue on digital economy.

After the EU’s recent announcement of its new strategy on Latin America, the dialogue was a great opportunity to reaffirm the importance of the strategic partnership between the EU and Mexico and to reflect on the common values that we share on key issues of global concern, like climate change, free trade, human rights and disarmament. It was also a chance to welcome the reaching of an "agreement in principle" between the European Union and Mexico on the main trade parts of a new EU-Mexico Global Agreement, and to confirm the commitment to conclude it as soon as possible. It will provide a comprehensive and up-to-date framework for our relations.

During our meeting, it was very clear that we have a lot in common: our responses to common challenges are similar. We discussed Mexico’s new focus on addressing the digital needs of the most vulnerable communities, and the “Internet for everyone” policy developed by the Mexican government. We also agreed to develop further connectivity projects to bridge the regional and social divide and to ensure that all citizens remain central in the global digital transformation, We recognised the benefits of working together on the BELLA project (a trans-Atlantic fibre optic submarine cable under construction between Portugal and Brazil), and the importance of Mexican leadership in the project, alongside its Central American neighbours.  Mexico’s involvement in the BELLA project can indeed contribute to its efforts to bridge the digital divide and boost connectivity in its southern states.

In addition, the digital transformation can further benefit Mexico, and Latin America as a whole, in its industrial modernisation process. It is great news that Mexico is willing to deepen regulatory dialogue (notably with the regulators’ associations BEREC and ERGA, and to engage in new technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, supercomputing, blockchain, fintech and the Internet of Things. 5G has huge potential to help Mexico’s manufacturing industry remain globally competitive. During the dialogue, we also discussed the progress of the EU’s European Electronic Communications Code, which proposes forward-looking and simplified rules to increase investment from companies in new top-quality infrastructures, everywhere in the EU, both locally and across national borders.

Looking ahead, we will continue to advocate at international level for a free, open and secure internet and to share best practices in developing open source digital solutions.

We will work in a coordinated manner in international organisations where Mexico and the EU have similar views, as we participate in ETSI (the European Telecommunications Standards Institute), UNCITRAL (the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law), and the G20.

Finally, we agreed that the EU will step up its engagement with Mexican counterparts, so we can exchange best practices in areas such as eCommerce and platforms, cybersecurity, audiovisual and media policies, digital skills, eGovernment, and other important issues that are part of the Digital Single Market strategy. In recognising Mexico's commitment to digital transformation within Latin America as a whole, the EU also confirmed its support for renewed cooperation with Regulatel, the body of Latin American regulators,. The EU will also support Mexico in its roles as president of the Central American telecoms commission, COMTELCA.

We look forward to working together and to meeting again soon at the next Digital Economy Dialogue, to be hosted by the Commission in Brussels, where we will update on the progress made.