02 April 2019 - 08:30 - 10:00

As a member of the Europe-India Research and Dialogue Network (EIRDN), Friends of Europe will host this by-invitation-only briefing to discuss the new EU-India Strategy, as well as the upcoming European and Indian elections.

The EIRDN is a focal point for research on Europe-India relations and track 2 and 1.5 initiatives of public diplomacy.  The Network focuses on research, building upon and complementing the work of members and allowing for long-term research projects within its scope. Members share research, ask for feedback from peers and contribute to collaborative projects.

For more information about the event, please contact Amanda Rohde (amanda.rohde@friendsofeurope.org).

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Europe’s relationship with Asia and Africa has expanded beyond the traditional focus on development, trade, and security. Reflecting the changed geopolitical landscape and the increased global role of emerging economies, the focus of the EU and Friends of Europe is now also on Europe’s interaction with its global partners on climate change, connectivity and implementation of Agenda 2030 as well as terrorism and radicalisation. Our programmes and activities track these conversations – and foresee new ones - through publications and events that aim to make sense of our changing world.


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Walking the talk on EU-India cooperation

Relations between India and the European Union are entering a more vibrant and dynamic era marked by enhanced bilateral ties and cooperation on global challenges. Recent EU proposals for boosting the EU-India strategic partnership, warmly welcomed by Delhi, set out an ambitious and aspirational list of areas for cooperation on maritime and cybersecurity, research and innovation, clean energy, climate change, water management and urbanisation. There are plans to increase technology sharing and know-how to speed up India’s sustainable modernisation and ensure better connectivity as well as to strengthen EU-India coordination on reforming global trading rules, implementing Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The new momentum is welcome and long overdue. Moving forward will, however, require that both sides show creativity, consistency and conviction: politicians and policymakers in Brussels and Delhi will be preoccupied with domestic and electoral concerns in the first half of 2019; unfinished negotiations on a Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement continue to cast a shadow over EU-India relations; and both Brussels and Delhi will be distracted by geopolitical volatility and uncertainties.

  • The EU strategy spotlights security, connectivity, clean energy and many other areas for enhanced bilateral cooperation. Which sectors should get priority as the EU and India move forward? 
  • How can the EU and India ensure that changing domestic and foreign policy priorities do not hijack and disrupt their plans for stronger interaction, especially in tackling global challenges?
  • Given continuing difficulties in negotiating a trade and investment agreement, should both sides agree to ditch the talks and focus instead on a more focused deal on investments and services?

Gaitri Issar Kumar
, Ambassador of India to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union
Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service (EEAS)

Moderated by:
Shada Islam
, Director for Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe


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