THE EU, BREXIT AND INDIA – Adapting to changing landscapes

For the fourth consecutive year, Friends of Europe is delighted to take part in the Trade and Investment Partnership Summit (TIPS) organised by the Europe India Chamber of Commerce (EICC) and to co-organise the session on “The EU, Brexit and India- Adapting to Changing Landscapes”.

Britain’s vote to leave the EU sent shockwaves around the world. The impact on India, with its historically strong relationship with the UK and its growing links with the European Union, will be especially strong. With €72.5bn worth of EU-India trade and €19.4bn of UK-India trade at stake, all three partners need to think carefully about the future of their relations after Brexit.

  • How will Brexit affect ongoing negotiations for an EU-India Free Trade Agreement?
  • Will Britain’s decision to leave the EU prove to be a boom or a bust for UK-India trade and investment links?
  • What challenges and opportunities does Brexit offer to European and Indian businesses?


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15.15 – 15.45 Registration of participants
15.45 – 17.00 The EU, Brexit and India – Adapting to Changing Landscapes
17.00 End of debate

Moderated by
Shada Islam / Director of Policy at Friends of Europe


  • Shishir Bajoria

    A leading Indian politician, member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Chairman of the S K Bajoria Group of Industries
    A former President of the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Shishir Bajoria has been extremely active in national politics and is currently BJP State Leader for West Bengal. The Bajoria Group, of which he is Chairman, has a combined annual turnover of over US $200 million and operates across four continents in sectors ranging from refractories and bioceramics to art and travel.

  • Veronica Cody

    Head of Division for Regional Affairs, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan at the European External Action Service (EEAS)
    Veronica Cody currently leads the EEAS’ work on India. She previously worked on crisis management issues, in particular civilian aspects of crisis management. From 1999 to 2004, she served as Adviser on Africa, Asia and the Middle East to High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana. Prior to this, she worked for the Irish Ministry of Finance.

  • Pratik Dattani

    UK Country Director for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
    In his current role, Pratik Dattani is responsible for issues relating to bilateral trade and investment between India and the UK, actively engaging the governments, industry representatives and policy-makers in meaningful dialogue. He is also Managing Director of the economic consulting firm EPG, specialising in economic analysis, strategic communications and market entry assistance with India.

  • Gareth Price

    Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House
    Gareth Price has led Chatham House’s research on South Asia since 2004. He previously worked as an analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit focussing on South Asia, in particular India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and before that was the South Asia analyst at Control Risks Group. His current research interests include India’s foreign policy and the regional relations and water politics of South Asia.

  • Madi Sharma

    Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
    Madi Sharma is a UK member of The European Economic and Social Committee, representing the Employer’s Group. She runs the Madi Group, a group of private sector and not-for-profit companies with aims to create innovative ideas tailored to local action to can achieve global impacts beneficial to society. She is an expert in entrepreneurship, female entrepreneurship, social innovation, diversity and corporate social responsibility.



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