The Government of Mexico protested this Saturday before the United States for having included in the auxiliary law of the T-MEC trade agreement presented to the US House of Representatives the appointment of five inspectors to evaluate the Mexican labor reform.
"It is worrisome that through a law initiative it is intended to go beyond what is necessary to take care of the good compliance of the negotiated between the parties," said Mexican Under Secretary for North America, Jesús Seade, in a letter sent to the representative of Foreign Trade of the United States, Robert Lighthizer.
Seade, who led the Mexican delegation in the negotiation of the trade agreement with the United States and Canada, criticized that the US Congress will discuss this week "provisions and mechanisms that would be expected to have been shared in detail with Mexico."
"We reserve the right to review the scope and effects of these provisions, which our Government and people will undoubtedly see clearly as unnecessary," warned the deputy secretary, who said Mexico will evaluate "the establishment of reciprocal mechanisms" to defend your interests
At a press conference to present the letter, Seade explained that he will travel to Washington this Sunday to discuss this matter.
As he said, the law on the implementation of the treaty, a secondary norm that will be discussed in the lower house of the United States, proposes to designate five US inspectors to ensure that Mexico meets the treaty commitments.
"According to Mexican legislation and the provisions of current international law, the presence of foreign officials requires the authorization of the host country," Seade said.
Last Tuesday, representatives of the Governments of Mexico, the United States and Canada signed the final version of the T-MEC in the Mexican capital, which includes the agreed modifications between the White House and the US legislators of the Democratic Party in labor and environmental matters.
Seade then celebrated that the treaty had left out the demand of the Democrats to send inspectors to Mexico to verify that the country meets labor standards such as trade union democracy.
The undersecretary reported that what had been agreed upon was to establish a traditional dispute resolution mechanism composed of panels of judges from different countries.
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