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Parliamentary questions
3 May 2018
E-001226/2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission

The European Union (EU) is concerned by the disappearance of three Italian citizens in Mexico. Although the primary responsibility for consular protection of EU citizens abroad lies with their Member State of origin, the EU follows closely investigations into the case, notably through the EU Delegation in Mexico and in coordination with the Italian authority.

The deteriorating citizen security situation in Mexico is a cause for concern. The High Level Dialogue on Security and Justice provides a platform for the EU and Mexico to discuss challenges related to security, justice and law enforcement. Besides, these questions are discussed in bilateral contacts at different levels.

The EU has expressed its readiness to cooperate with Mexico to improve the citizen security situation, to fight organised crime and to promote human rights and the rule of law, including through its cooperation programme EL PAcCTO and its programme on drug policies (COPOLAD II). The specific issue of (enforced) disappearances is also tackled within the framework of the High Level Dialogue on Human Rights and the EU has offered support in addressing the problem.

The modernised agreement with Mexico should provide a solid and robust framework for advancing bilateral relations and cooperation with Mexico, including on human rights and citizen security. Respect for human rights will be an essential element of the agreement.

Last updated: 15 May 2018Legal notice