A first round of negotiations between the EU and Chile for a modernised Association Agreement will take place on 16 November, in Brussels. This follows the decision taken yesterday, 13 November 2017, by EU Member States to approve the mandate for the European Union to conduct these negotiations.The aim is to update the 14-year-old EU-Chile Association Agreement to bring its political and cooperation ambitions and trade provisions into line with the EU’s modern agreements. A second round will take place in early 2018. High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini stated: “A modernised agreement with Chile will further strengthen our already excellent relations and open new areas of cooperation. It will provide us with a state of the art framework to continue championing global peace and security, free and open economies, inclusive societies and the promotion of global common goods.”Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström said: “The talks that we are now launching aim to put in place a modern trade agreement of the highest calibre, covering all issues – including those that reflect shared values such as sustainable development, helping small and medium-sized companies, and efforts against corruption. And for the first time, a trade deal of ours will include common goals on the key role of women in trade”. Since the conclusion of the Association agreement with Chile the EU has developed a closer relationship on many areas, including a 170% increase in EU exports (see exporter stories). Press release is available online. More information on EU-Chile trade and political relations.