Oct 22: The 7th India-EU Foreign Policy & Security Consultations were held in a virtual format on 22 October 2020. The consultations were co-chaired by Mr. Vikas Swarup, Secretary (West), MEA, and Mr. Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs/Political Director, European External Action Service.
During the consultations, both sides noted with satisfaction the renewed political momentum in the India-EU relationship provided by the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020. They took stock of the decisions taken at the Summit and reaffirmed their commitment to implement the “India-EU Strategic Partnership: A Roadmap to 2025”. They reviewed the working of various institutional mechanisms between India and the EU, including on Cyber Security; Counter Terrorism; Maritime Security; and Disarmament & Non-Proliferation, and explored the possibilities of enhanced cooperation under India-EU security partnership.
The two sides discussed the opportunities for strengthening the India-EU Strategic Partnership in a post-COVID world, including in areas of healthcare, global supply chain resilience, reformed multilateralism and green transition. They also noted the importance of India-EU cooperation for global economy recovery efforts and in this regard, agreed to hold the High Level Dialogue on Trade and Investments at an early date. The two sides also agreed to expedite the discussions on the India-EU Connectivity Partnership and strengthen bilateral cooperation in the digital domain, including in cyber security and artificial intelligence.
The two sides exchanged views on the regional and global issues of mutual interest and agreed to maintain close cooperation for the next India–EU27 leaders meeting to be held in Portugal in 2021.