The 3rd EU-India Strategic Partnership Review took place in Brussels on 19 October 2021. Both sides exchanged views concerning best ways to join forces in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on economies, societies as well as individuals.
Following the EU-India Leaders’ Meeting of 8th May 2021, which set a clear path for further deepening ties between the EU and India, the meeting allowed for a comprehensive review of the Strategic EU-India Partnership, guided by the India-EU Strategic Partnership: A Roadmap to 2025.
The discussions focused notably on cooperation in addressing the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, and contributing to the success of the upcoming Climate COP26. The EU and India also discussed next steps to operationalise the decision of EU and Indian Leaders to resume negotiations for a balanced, ambitious, comprehensive and mutually beneficial trade agreement and launch negotiations on a stand-alone investment protection agreement and on a separate agreement on geographical indications. They discussed the next steps on the implementation of the EU-India Connectivity Partnership which was agreed at the May 2021 Leaders’ Meeting. The EU and India also discussed ways to further cooperate in the areas of research, technology and digital transformation, as well as continued implementation of the Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility. Recalling the successful 9th India-EU Human Rights Dialogue in April 2021, the EU and India looked forward to the next edition of the Dialogue in 2022.
The meeting was co-chaired by Ms. Helena König, Deputy Secretary General for Economic and Global Issues, European External Action Service and Ms. Reenat Sandhu, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs.