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13th India-EU Summit held in Brussels

One of the key outcomes of the summit is the EU-India Agenda for Action 2020. It sets out a concrete road-map for the EU-India Strategic Partnership for the next five years.

Mar 31, 2016 13:00 IST
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India-EuropeanThe 13th India-European Union Summit was held on 30 March 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. In the summit, India was represented by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The European Union (EU) was represented by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

Outcomes of the 13th India-EU Summit

• The leaders 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.

• The European Investment Bank (EIB) agreed to extend 450 million Euros in loan for the construction of the first metro line in Lucknow.

• The EIB gave its nod to set up the Bank’s regional representation for South Asia in New Delhi.

• The leaders agreed to further the negotiations on early conclusion of the EU-India Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA).

• The EU and India expressed their confidence in the arbitration procedure on the Italian Marines case currently underway in the framework of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

• The leaders adopted a Joint Declaration on Counter-terrorism to step up cooperation to counter violent extremism and radicalisation, the flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters, sources of terrorist financing and arms supply.

• The EU and India expressed their intention to organise a high level skills seminar before July 2017 and reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the G20 Skills Strategy.

• The Joint Declaration on the India-EU Water Partnership was adopted to enhance cooperation on environment issues, including on the ‘Clean India' and ‘Clean Ganga’ flagship programmes.

• The leaders agreed to extend the India-EU Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement until 2020 to boost research and innovation in Europe and India.

• Both the leaders agreed to establish the Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility to enhance citizens’ involvement in the strategic partnership.

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