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Commercial Integration between the European Union and Mexico

Multidisciplinary Studies

Edited By Gerhard Niedrist

The economic integration between the European Union and Mexico is of strategic significance to both parts. The EU is Mexico’s second most important trading partner and an integral piece in the diversification of its economic dependence from the United States. Besides, as Mexico is part of the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA and due to its geographical proximity to the United States, it has become of major geopolitical interest to the European Union. This multidisciplinary book analyzes the integration between Mexico and the European Union by economic, legal, and business management aspects, trying to contribute to a profound understanding of their relations.
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International Agreements have been part of our economic and political landscape in recent decades. This is why, after thirteen years of operation of the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Mexico (EUMFTA), we believe this to be a good moment to explore how far we have come. It is noticeable that although the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been the subject of plenty of academic analysis, this has not been the case for EUMFTA. This adds interest and value to the present book, which incorporates the study of the evolution of such agreement from different perspectives.

Trade, investment, business strategies, regulations and trend analyses constitute the subject matters of the series of essays presented in this work by a group of academics. Every essay explores the challenges and opportunities of the agreement from specific standpoints, incorporating the data, correlations, and other statistical analysis that provide the evidence for the relationships and hypotheses under study.

Although the EU - Mexico treaty is a truly comprehensive one (sometimes called Global Agreement or the Economic Association, Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement), with its three identified pillars: political dialogue, trade and cooperation; not one single essay refers to the agreement as a whole; rather, each one deeply exploresa specific topic, but most of them centered on the economic association part of the agreement. Regarding trade in goods between Mexico and the European Union, the first essay takes a look at the evolution of the comparative advantage in...

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