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EU-India Summit

4 October 2017

 

The 14th EU-India summit took place in New Delhi on 6 October.  2017. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held discussions with Donald Tusk and Jean Claude Juncker. Federica Mogherini also attended for talks with her Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj.

The summit with India marked the 55th anniversary since the establishment of EU-India diplomatic relations. But there were no major deliverables as the FTA negotiations which have been in train for several years remain deadlocked. 

Leaders took stock of the implementation of the EU-India ‘agenda for action 2020’ endorsed at last year’s summit and agreed four joint statements. [* see below]

In the area of security, EU and India leaders discussed how to further enhance cooperation on counter-terrorism and maritime security. These are top Indian priorities given the threat from Pakistan militant groups and New Delhi’s concern about China’s maritime ambitions.

Leaders called for enhanced cooperation within the G20 and stressed their commitment to the Paris Agreement and the sustainable development goals.

There wasl also be an exchange of views on migration and refugees including the Rohingya crisis as well as the work on global compacts for migration and for refugees. Modi was in Myanmar recently but refrained from commenting on the Rohingya situation.

Other major agenda items included the situation in the Korean peninsula (how to ensure all countries implement UN sanctions on DPRK), the state of play in Afghanistan (still very fragile), and the latest developments regarding Ukraine (little progress on the Minsk Agreements). Leaders also discussed EU-India cooperation in Africa. This was a continent singled out for Japan-India cooperation when PM Abe recently visited Modi.

 

On trade and investment, leaders reviewed the state of play and assessed prospects for relaunching negotiations for a FTA. They also welcomed the launch of an investment facilitation mechanism for EU investors in India, and the increased presence of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in India.

It is hoped that the summit will further facilitate research opportunities and increasing research collaboration between the EU and India.