|Publisher||General Secretariat of the Council|
|Content Type||Blog & Commentary, News, Overview|
The leaders of the European Union (EU) and India held a meeting via videoconference on 8 May 2021.
The meeting aimed at reinforcing the EU-India Strategic Partnership. Leaders from both sides agreed to resume negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and to start talks on two additional trade agreements - Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) and Agreement on Geographical Indicators (GIs). They also launched a new Connectivity Partnership.
EU leaders expressed their solidarity with India in light of the latest waves of COVID-19 infections affecting the country. Support for the COVAX Facility was also expressed, in an effort to develop a global response to the pandemic and widespread access of means to tackle it. Both sides committed to advancing global health security, including the strengthening of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The EU invited India to work towards an international treaty on pandemics.
India and the EU also agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation on the reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). They held discussions on climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. They stressed the importance of achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. They looked forward to a new work programme for the EU-India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership and to launching the working of the Joint Task Force on Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to all human rights. The leaders welcomed the latest strengthening of EU-India cooperation on international security, and highlighted their commitment to the reform of the UN Security Council. Leaders also welcomed the adoption of Council conclusions on the EU's Strategy for cooperation with the Indo-Pacific.
A comprehensive joint statement was adopted at the end of the meeting.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||Bilateral Relations|
|Countries / Regions||India|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|