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India and EU have accomplished much. There is more to be done

Context
India and the EU are both highly exposed to the terrorist threat.
Why cooperation between India and the EU is more important?

  • Partnerships and multilateralism is the only way to ensure stability and prosperity for our citizens.
  • The decisions of one country can have a global impact.
  • Regional events can trigger incidents in a different part of the world.
India & EU relationship is based on long-standing shared values and interests
Climate crisis
  • The icecaps are melting and Australia is burning.
  • We literally have no time to lose. The EU has committed to become carbon neutral by 2050.
  • But EU member states together only account for 9 per cent of global emissions.
  • We cannot solve this problem unless we engage with the rest of the world to address it.
  •  India’s commitment, as one of the biggest democracies in the world, is a key part of the solution.
  •  The mixed outcome of the COP25 Climate Conference shows how much more remains to be done.
  • In 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and European leaders agreed on an EU-India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership (CECP).
  • In 2018, the EU joined efforts with the International Solar Alliance, headquartered in India.
Trade
  • We both agree on the vital role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the need to overcome the crisis of the dispute settlement system.
  • The launch of a regular ministerial dialogue on economic, trade and investment issues could give additional impetus to our relations.
  • The EU has a strong record on liberalising trade.
  • We have concluded ambitious free trade agreements with countries such as Japan, Singapore and Vietnam.
  • We remain interested in balanced, ambitious and mutually-beneficial trade and investment agreements with India. This requires further efforts to bring our respective levels of ambition closer.
Security
  • Indian Navy vessels are now escorting World Food Programme ships in the framework of the EU Atalanta operation against piracy off the coast of Somalia.
  • India and the EU are both highly exposed to the terrorist threat.
  • We have already brought together counter-terrorism experts from Europe and India to exchange experiences and best practices.
  •  As a result, an enhanced working relationship between our police officers is taking shape.
Digital Economy & Cyber
  • EU and India should deepen cooperation to protect fundamental freedoms in cyber space and the free flow of data — and counter the drift towards high-tech “de-coupling”.
  • We do not want a split in cyber space, forcing us to “choose sides” between competing systems and standards.
  • We both believe in fair competition, based on global standards, for 5G, AI, big data and the internet of things.
Way forward
There is much that the EU and India have accomplished in recent years. But there is even more to be done to further strengthen our dynamic dialogue and cooperation in all areas of mutual interest and as players on the world stage.


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