The Delegation’s work is shared between the following sections:
Head of Delegation
Ambassador Dr. João Cravinho is the Head of Delegation of the European Union to India
The Section is responsible for political analysis and reporting as well as liaising with the Indian government on multilateral and bilateral issues of mutual interest to India and the EU. These include subjects pertaining to diplomatic and political relations -- with specific bilateral dialogues in the fields of human rights, security, counter-terrorism and visa/consular issues -- civil society and inter-parliamentary relations. In all matters relating to the EU in India, the Political Section works closely with the diplomatic missions of EU Member States. The Political Section also plays a key role in preparing the annual EU-India Summit, which takes place alternately in the EU and India. The section is also responsible for the identification and follow-up of projects covering India and its neighbourhood in the context of the Instrument for Stability.
Science and Technology Section
The primary objective of the Science and Technology Section in the Delegation is to provide an interface for the relevant authorities in the Indian Government and the European Commission in this field. The Science and Technology Section is constantly in contact with the Indian research community and intervenes proactively in promoting Indian participation in the EU's Research Framework Programme. The Science and Technology Section is at the disposal of the research community in India to provide help and assistance to the degree possible. The Section sees a key part of its role as creating greater mutual awareness, trust and interest between the research communities in India and within the EU.
Trade and Economic Affairs
The Trade & Economic Affairs Section manages all activities related to the EU's trade policy. This comprises both the multilateral (World Trade Organisation -- WTO) and bilateral levels, including the negotiation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and the EU, and market access issues. It does so in close cooperation with EU Member States. This Section not only covers the entire range of trade-related issues, but also economic sectors such as transport, agriculture, finance or telecom, to name but a few. Regular contacts and exchanges with Indian institutions from the government to civil society also form part of its daily work. Not to forget one of the central functions of this Section, namely to monitor and analyse trade and economic developments of India as input to decision-making at Brussels Headquarters.
This Section includes a Head of Operations who oversees all aspects of development cooperation with India, Bhutan and Nepal and two Heads of Section, each responsible for different aspects of the cooperation with the three above mentioned countries.
The Operations Section is responsible for the management of the EU development cooperation programme in India and in Bhutan. There are about 30 persons working in the team, which is divided in the two sections. The Development Section focuses on poverty alleviation through programmes in the social sectors (health, education) and a State Partnership Programme with Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh as well as on working with civil society in projects promoting livelihoods, sustainable development, vocational training, combating HIV/AIDS, and protection of human rights. This Section is also working in close cooperation with the Delegation in Kathmandu as regards the projects portfolio with Nepal. The Economic Cooperation Section focuses on other projects and programmes carried out in the context of the wider cooperation between the EU and India, notably in support of the EU-India Joint Action Plan, in the areas of trade development, higher education, culture, transport, and the protection of the environment.
Finance and Contracts Section
The Finance and Contracts Section's main task is to manage and coordinate the procurement and financing of activities of external aid programmes in India, Nepal and Bhutan. It is also responsible for ensuring that the procedures implemented for financial and contractual management respect the Financial Regulation applicable to the EU general Budget.
The Section also takes a leading role in the organisation and follow-up of audits and in the contacts with external audit bodies.
Press and Information Section
The Press and Information Section undertakes the communication activities of the Delegation. It is responsible for relations with the media and the public, reaching out to them through news releases, newsletters and pamphlets, and organising events to make the activities of the EU better known in India. It also maintains this website and is responsible for replying to all general requests for information about the EU, its institutions and this Delegation.
The Administration Section provides the support to the functioning of the entire Delegation. This Section is responsible for administrative matters, including personnel, infrastructures and administrative budget.
European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO)
The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) has a regional support office in New Delhi covering humanitarian assistance to the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The EU humanitarian assistance policy is a practical expression of the EU’s solidarity with the victims of conflict or disasters, both natural and manmade worldwide. The European Commission has a longstanding commitment to help the victims of such crises; providing relief assistance that goes directly to people in distress, irrespective of their gender, religion, ethnic origin or political affiliation. Working with humanitarian partners in the field, the humanitarian aid department swiftly supplies aid when disaster strikes and continues to help stricken regions after the catastrophe. Aid is delivered to the most vulnerable according to the humanitarian principles -- impartially, independently and neutrally whilst preserving the dignity of the most affected population. Since 1992, ECHO has funded humanitarian aid in more than 85 countries helping some 18 million people annually with yearly grants of more than €700 million. http://ec.europa.eu/echo/index_en.htm