Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan


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On this first International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief, we pay tribute to all those around the world who lost their lives and suffered attacks because of their religion or belief. Persecution as a response to religious belief or affiliation, or lack thereof, is a violation of international law and requires joint work to combat it.

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, spoke by telephone with the Minister of External Affairs of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi. 



The EU is in prime position when it comes to global trade: it is the world’s largest economy. It is also the largest trading bloc in the world. On the other hand, with GDP growing at more than 7%, India has emerged as the fastest growing major economy in the world and it is expected to become one of the top global economies.

Meeting the needs and aspirations of a rising global population in an increasingly resource constrained world is one of the foremost global challenges we face today. There is an urgent need to find new growth models that allow for pursuit of economic development in a sustainable manner.

The internet and digital Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are transforming our world rapidly. Both, the EU and India have set up their respective digital priority policies to harness the new services and networks so that they address global societal challenges, while supporting sustainable and inclusive growth.

Much has been achieved since the EU and India established diplomatic relations over 60 years
ago, and especially since the EU-India Strategic partnership was declared in 2004. This long and
close relationship has allowed us to develop strong security, trade, development and research
and innovation ties.

New Delhi, July 24, 2019: The 5th round of the EU-India bilateral dialogue on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation was held in New Delhi on 24 July 2019. Both sides exchanged productive views on current developments in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation.

EU-India have a strong water partnership. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of India and the European Union on an India-EU Water Partnership (IEWP) was signed in 2016, with the objective to strengthen the technological, scientific and management capabilities of India and the EU in the field of water management on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit.

The Action Plan developed jointly under the India-EU Water Partnership has focused on some of the aspects of
major concern for India’s water future, and good progress is being made.

With European prosperity and Asian peace and security closely connected, the European Union has decided to strengthen its security cooperation in and with Asia. This is also in line with the steps taken by the EU in the past years to strengthen its role as a global security provider.