14th India-EU summit

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The 14th annual summit between India and the European Union (EU) was held in New Delhi on 6 October 2017. The Republic of India was represented by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The EU was represented by Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Mr. Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

The EU and India are not only big trading partners, they also cooperate in a broad range of areas, including foreign policy, security and human rights, climate change, migration, and the fight against terrorism. The meeting focused particularly on three salient subjects: terrorism, climate change, and urbanization.

India-EU Joint Statement on Cooperation in combating Terrorism(declaration 1)

EU and India leaders strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks across the world. Neither India nor Europe were spared in the last few years, with attacks in Pathankot, Uri, Nagrota, Anantnag (Amarnath Yatra), Srinagar, Paris, Brussels, Nice, London, Stockholm, Manchester, Barcelona, Turku, among others. They reaffirmed their determination to work together to prevent the rapid increase of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and non-state actors. ]

Highlighted was the need to drive forward international efforts in multilateral forums like the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum and the Financial Action Task Force to cut the flows of funds and other financial assets and economic resources to individuals and entities involved in terrorism, including those proscribed under the relevant United Nations' Sanctions. It was also agreed to strengthen cooperation to take decisive and united actions against terrorists and terror entities, including Hafeez Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Dawood Ibrahim, Lashkar-e-Tayibba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Haqqani Network, Al Qaeda, ISIS (Da’esh) and their affiliates. Considering the urgent need to establish a comprehensive international legal framework to address the growing global menace of terrorism, the leaders called for an early conclusion of negotiations and the adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations, as an instrument for a global alliance of nations against terrorism which would reinforce the message that no cause or grievance justifies terrorism.

 

India-EU Joint Statement on Clean Energy And Climate Change (declaration 2)

The EU and India consider climate action and the clean energy transition as a very crucial part for the future development of our societies, as climate change is increasing stress on people, ecosystems and infrastructure. Both entities are committed to lead and work together with all stakeholders to mitigate climate change, implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and encourage global low greenhouse gas emissions, as well as climate resilient and sustainable development. To do so, they are resolved to promote transition to clean energy, with sustainable, affordable and modern energy services.

The EU and India welcome the progress on the Clean Energy and Climate Partnership and reiterate their commitment to its implementation, in accordance with the work programme agreed upon in October 2016.

The cooperation on clean energy and climate change include the implementation of climate action commitments, green cooling and sustainable refrigeration technologies, grid integrated solar pumping, off-shore wind, energy storage technologies, next generation solar cells, electric mobility, and advanced bio-fuels.

India-EU Joint Statement on the Partnership for Smart And Sustainable Urbanisation (declaration 3)

The ambition of both India and the EU, as laid down in the Joint Statement adopted at the 13th EU-India Summit on 30 March 2016, and the EU-India Agenda for Action 2020, is to "enhance EU-India cooperation on Urban Development with increasing involvement of Indian States and cities, EU Member States and regions/cities, building on regular dialogue on issues such as infrastructure, energy, sanitation and water management, to promote dialogue and partnership/twinning between local, regional and state entities".

This highlights the importance of the United Nations Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including a roadmap to implement sustainable development across the world i.e. aiming at paving the way towards making cities and human settlements more inclusive and ensuring that everyone can benefit from urbanization.

The Smart Cities Initiative, the Clean India Mission (Swaach Bharat) and the 'AMRUT'(Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) programme launched by the Government of India aimed to remedy challenges by developing public transport, sewerage, water supply and sanitation, housing and public green spaces.

Outlook

The leaders of both the EU and India expressed their shared commitment to strengthening the economic partnership between India and the EU.  

India-EU negotiations BTIA started in 2007 and 16 rounds talks had been held till 2013, after which EU withdrew from the negotiations. Recently four stock-taking meetings on India-EU BTIA have been held. India has expressed its willingness to resume negotiations in the meetings. 

They noted the ongoing efforts of both sides to re-engage towards relaunching negotiations for an India-EU broad based trade and investment agreement (BTIA).

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