EU-India summit, Brussels , 30/03/2016
On 30 March 2016, the EU hosted in Brussels the 13th EU-India summit. Discussions focused on trade and investment, energy and climate, water, migration and foreign and security policy.
Leaders at the summit adopted a joint statement, reaffirming their commitment to strengthen the EU-India strategic partnership.
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, represented the EU. The Republic of India was represented by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Leaders endorsed the EU-India agenda for action 2020, which will set out a concrete road-map for the next five years.
They also welcomed the re-engagement in discussions on how to move forward the EU-India Trade and Investment Agreement negotiations.
Both sides acknowledged the importance of enhancing cooperation on sustainable development and environmental issues. In this context, they adopted a joint declaration on the India-EU water partnership. They also adopted a joint declaration on a clean energy and climate partnership.
The EU and India highlighted the importance of contacts between their citizens. They welcomed the establishment of a common agenda on migration and mobility.
The summit also provided an opportunity for the European Investment Bank and India to formally agree on a €450 million long-term loan to finance the first metro line in Lucknow.
Foreign policy, human rights and security
Both sides expressed their commitment to step up foreign policy and security cooperation. They also highlighted the importance of cooperation on human rights.
Leaders adopted a joint declaration on counter-terrorism, emphasising the need for a global response to this threat.
The leaders reaffirmed the G20's key role in achieving strong, sustainable and balanced growth to the benefit of citizens and recognised the importance of implementing the comprehensive agenda adopted at the G-20 Summit of November 2015.
They also welcomed the adoption of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and the historic climate change agreement reached in Paris.