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A new European Union strategy for India

  • Category
    World Affairs
  • Published
    6th Dec, 2018
  • European Union has released its strategy document on India after 14 years.
  • The 2004 EU-India declaration on building bilateral strategic partnership, which current strategy document replaces, did not have much of a success in reconfiguring the relationship as was expected.

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Context:

  • European Union has released its strategy document on India after 14 years.
  • The 2004 EU-India declaration on building bilateral strategic partnership, which current strategy document replaces, did not have much of a success in reconfiguring the relationship as was expected.

About:

Strategy Document:

The new strategy underscores a transformative shift in Brussels vis-à-vis India and lays out a road map for strengthening the EU-India partnership.

Key focus areas includes:  

  • Consideration of broader Strategic Partnership Agreement: The EU-India relations are currently governed by the 1994 EU-India Cooperation Agreement. To be able to match the ambitions set out in this Joint Communication and tackle the global challenges of today, the EU and India should consider the negotiation of a broader Strategic Partnership Agreement.
  • Upgrade the yearly dialogue between the High Representative / Vice President of the EU and the Indian Minister for External Affairs to a regular Strategic Dialogue.
  • Intensify dialogue on Afghanistan and Central Asia in the appropriate settings.
  • Join forces on post-conflict institution building and reconciliation processes in third countries.
  • Strengthen technical cooperation with India on fighting terrorism and countering radicalisation and violent extremism and countering terrorist financing.
  • Exchange expertise on cyber security and hybrid threats.
  • Conclude working arrangements to foster cooperation between Europol and Indian law enforcement institutions.
  • Identify common actions with India both at policy and operational levels to enhance maritime security. Work with India and other key regional players such as South Africa to help build the capacity of maritime nations in the Indian Ocean and East Africa.

Background:

  • In 1962, India was the 1st developing country to establish diplomatic relations with European community.
  • The EU-India Enhanced Partnership Agreement in 1996 appreciated India’s economic successes after the liberalization.
  • EU-India Cooperation Agreement 1994 provides the legal framework for their relations.
  • India and the EU have been strategic partners since 2004.
  • The 14th annual summit between India and European Union was held in October, 2017.
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