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.
In the last few years EU-India cooperation on foreign policy and security issues has reached new horizons, becoming a prime example of our enhanced ties. However, more can and should be done together. The world is rapidly changing and new challenges but also new opportunities for joining our efforts have emerged.
During the last decade, the EU - adding to its standing as the world’s largest economy - has become a more robust global actor on foreign policy and security issues while India has become the world’s fastest growing economy and is playing an increasingly prominent role on the international stage.
As natural partners who share the commitment to a rules-based international order and multilateralism, the EU and India can jointly make a significant contribution to global peace and security.