13th India-EU Summit held in Brussels
The 13th India-European Union summit, was held on 30 March 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Prime Minister Narendra Modi represented Indian side in the summit. While the European Union (EU) was represented by President of the European Council, Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. The summit paved path for the strategic bilateral partnership between India and EU in areas like trade and investment, climate, energy, water and migration over the next five years.
Key Outcomes of the 13th India-EU Summit :
♦ EU-India Agenda for Action-2020 : As global partners and the world's largest democracies, both sides endorsed the EU-India Agenda for Action 2020 that sets out a concrete road-map for the EU-India Strategic Partnership for the next five years.
♦ EU-India Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA) : Both the sides have re-engaged in discussions with a view to achieve the goals defined under BTIA.
♦ Funding Infrastructural Projects in India : The European Investment Bank's (EIB) has made commitment to support long-term investment in infrastructure crucial for environmentally sustainable social and economic development in India. The European Investment Bank (EIB) agreed to lend loan of 450 million Euros for the construction of the first metro line in Lucknow.
♦ Terrorism: The leaders adopted a Joint Declaration on Counter-terrorism. The EU and India renewed the 2010 'Joint Declaration on International Terrorism’ and decided to step upcooperation to counter violent extremism and radicalisation, the flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters, sources of terrorist financing and arms supply.
♦ G20 Skills Strategy: The EU and India reaffirmed their commitment to implement the G20 Skills Strategy and expressed their intention to organise a high level skillsseminar before July 2017.
♦ India-EU Water Partnership: The EU and India acknowledged the importance of enhancing cooperation on environment issues, including on the ‘Clean India' and ‘Clean Ganga’flagship programmes. In this regard the two sides signed a Joint Declaration on the India-EU Water Partnership.
♦ Arbitration procedure on the Italian Marines: The EU and India expressed their confidence in the arbitration procedure on the Italian Marines case which is currently underway in the framework of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). India stressed the need for rendering due justice for the families of the Indian fishermen who were killed.
♦ Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility: The EU and India highlighted the importance of contacts between their citizens and agreed for the establishment of a Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility. The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of cultural heritage and educational cooperation .
♦ India-EU Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement: The EU and India aim to intensify their cooperation in frontier areas of S&T and in addressing current global challenges including health and welcomed the setting up of mechanisms for jointly financing research and innovation projects.