The seventh round of negotiations was held in Brussels, Belgium, from 11 to 21 December 2017. During this round, Mexico and the EU completed their work on issues of competition, SMEs, transparency, SPS, good regulatory practices, trade and sustainable development. Negotiations also focused on revised market access offers for products traded after the sixth round of negotiations. On 14 July 1998, a joint committee of the interim agreement was established and negotiations were initiated for a free trade agreement. Nine rounds of negotiations took place between November 1998 and November 1999. Negotiations on the free trade agreement between Mexico and the EU, concluded on 24 November 1999. The free trade agreement applies to trade in industrial products, fish and seafood. In addition, bilateral agricultural agreements have been concluded between the various EFTA countries and Mexico, which are part of the instruments for creating the free trade area. But not everyone is happy with the new agreement. The national cattle and meat association interbev warned that the agreement risked opening up the European market to “20,000 tonnes of Mexican beef”, which had previously been banned. Critics have also focused on food security issues, which appear to be all the more relevant in the supply chain due to the disruptions caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. Protectionism and self-sufficiency are back in fashion. On 3 April 2017, Mexico and the European Union held the third round of negotiations in Brussels, Belgium, aimed at modernising their free trade agreement.
On 8 May 2017, Mexico and the EU announced dates for the next three trade negotiations: 26-30 June, 25-29 September and 27 November to 1 December 2017. The fourth round of negotiations began on 26 June 2017 in Mexico City. The fifth round of negotiations consisted of 21 negotiating groups and concluded in Brussels on 2 October 2017. The sixth round of negotiations on the modernization of the free trade agreement ended on December 5, 2017 in Mexico City. The EU-Mexico Joint Council held its first session on 27 February 2001. During this session, the Joint Council adopted the conclusions of the negotiations on trade in services, capital flows and related payments, as well as on intellectual property, which are expected to come into force on 1 March 2001. The session was also adopted by Decision 02/2000 and the information document relating to Decision 02/2000 would enter into force Title III on public procurement on 27 February 2001.