Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan

EEAS Deputy Secretary General Serrano to visit India this week

Bruxelles, 15/01/2018 - 10:29, UNIQUE ID: 180115_4
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Pedro Serrano, Deputy Secretary General for CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy) and Crisis Response at the European External Action Service (EEAS), will be visiting New Delhi from 16 – 17 January 2018. He will participate in the Raisina Dialogue 2018 and will hold several bilateral meetings with officials of the Indian government. Besides updating on recent developments in the European Union's (EU) CSDP, the visit aims to exchange views on strengthening of EU-India Relations and our bilateral co-operation, especially in the area of security.

There have been a number of recent important developments in the EU's defence policy - notably the activation of a Permanent Structured Cooperation on Defence (PESCO), the establishment of a European Defence Fund, enhanced cooperation between the European Union and NATO, as well as the creation of a planning and command centre for the EU's military training and advisory missions.

Mr Serrano will give an overview of these developments at the Raisina Dialogue 2018 where he will address the session "Towards EU 2.0: Seeking Leadership in a New World Order" on 17 January. The high-level panel including Marek Magierowski, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland; Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute; Carl Bildt, Former Prime Minister of Sweden;  Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy and Research Director of the Valdai International Discussion Club;  Geoffrey Van Orden, Member of the European Parliament for the East of England; and Serena A. Chaudhry, Reuters, will discuss European Union’s role as a global actor in the new world order. You can follow the panel at 18:30 local time here. Ruchi Ghanashyam, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs will give the keynote speech on growing EU-India relations.

Mr Serrano will also give a keynote address at the EU-India Think Tanks' Workshop on “EU and India: Next Steps Together” which is being organised in the margins of the Raisina Dialogue on 16 January.

As staunch supporters of multilateralism and the rules-based global order, the European Union and India share a common vision of key global and regional challenges. During the 14th bilateral India-EU summit held in October 2017 in New Delhi, the European Union and India agreed to further strengthen and deepen their bilateral relations and expressed their common interest and commitment to strengthen their cooperation on the world stage, both bilaterally and in multilateral fora, on common priorities such as multilateralism, climate change, sustainable development, free and fair trade, security and defence. 


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