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The EU's relations with India

EU launches ICT, pharma cases against India, Turkey at WTO
The EU brought two disputes in the World Trade Organisation against India and Turkey Tuesday, respectively targeting unlawful import duties on IT products and unlawful measures on pharmaceuticals.

European Union partnership with India
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on 20 November adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU's vision for a strategy to strengthen cooperation and the partnership with India.

EU, India promise renewed effort on trade talks
The EU and India agreed Friday to intensify efforts towards a Free Trade Agreement at a summit in New Delhi marking 55 years of diplomatic relations between the world's two largest democracies.

EU - India relations
The 13th EU-India Ministerial meeting takes place in Brussels on 30 January 2013. The meeting will be an opportunity to take stock of progress made in the bilateral relationship since the previous Summit in February 2012. The main discussion will focus on foreign policy issues of common concern and in further developing the bilateral relationship across the board.

EU - India Summit factsheet
The 12th EU-India Summit takes place on 10 February 2012 in New Delhi. The EU will be represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht will also be present. India will be represented by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

EU - India relations - background
EU-India relations date back to the early 1960s when diplomatic relations were established. It was however the 1994 Cooperation Agreement (which is still the current legal framework for cooperation) that opened the door to the broad political dialogue that has since evolved, notably through annual Summits since 2000, and through regular ministerial and expert-level meetings.

EU and India launch biotechnology and health pilot programme
India and EU Member States have launched NEW INDIGO, a Networking Pilot Programme (NPP) on biotechnology and health. Their objective is to establish a joint infrastructure for advanced research in this growing and significant field. NEW INDIGO ('Initiative for the development and integration of Indian and European research') has received almost EUR 2.5 million under the 'Horizontal actions and measures in support of international cooperation' (INCO) priority of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

India and the European union: Building a Strategic Partnership
Recognises India's increased stature and influence regionally and globally which brings interest in a growing economy from a billion and plus population.

Europe After Enlargement: Economic Challenges for EU and India
Europe is changing and reinventing itself. The enlargement of the European Union to 25 members in May 2004, and even more in the future, will not change so much the global weight of Europe in the world economy as its economic geography. The entry of the Central and Eastern European countries marks in particular the culmination of an intense process of economic integration which widens the production cost matrix within which European firms are operating, while also expanding the EU market. This constitutes a formidable new order not only for all the European companies, but also for those that wish to establish themselves in Europe or those that have to face competition from firms operating within a Greater Europe. This is in particular the case of India for which Europe remains her largest trading partner and a major technology supplier. Hence a special chapter on this case study.

EU Trade with India and China
EU27 trade with China grew by 150% between 2000 and 2006. EU Trade with India up by 80%.

India EU trade
EU-India trade has grown impressively over the years, from €4.4 billion in 1980 to over €46 billion in 2006. Trade with the EU represents almost 20% of India's exports and imports and the EU thus as a bloc is India's largest trading partner. The EU is also India's largest source of foreign direct investment. However, India accounts for just 1.8% of total EU trade. India attracts only 1.3% of the EU's world-wide investments.