Ursula Von Der Leyen, President of the European Commission, came to India on Sunday for a two-day official visit aimed at strengthening the strategic partnership between the EU and India. In her capacity as President of the European Commission, she will be making her first visit to India.
“@vonderleyen, President of the European Commission (@EU Commission), is warmly welcomed to India. Starting on April 25, she will be the featured guest on the @raisinadialogue Twitter account “The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a tweet.
When she arrives in India, the European Commission President is scheduled to meet with President Ram Nath Kovind as well as hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Her discussions in Delhi will be centered on the battle against climate change and biodiversity loss, the energy and digital transition, connectivity, security and defence, and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
The broad economic agenda of the EU and India, with a particular emphasis on the free trade agreement, the Investment Protection Agreement, and the Geographical Indications Agreement, will also be discussed.
The situation between Russia and Ukraine will also be discussed in length.
In addition, the President will pay a visit to The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) campus, often known as TERI Gram, where she will engage with students on the existential threat of climate change and the importance of working together to build a green, digital and resilient future.
President von der Leyen will also deliver a speech at the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and meet with representatives from Indian and European energy companies to discuss the security of supply chains in the energy sector, among other things.
The President of the European Commission has been invited as the Chief Guest for this year’s edition of the Raisina Dialogue, and he will deliver his speech at the opening session on April 25, according to the organisers.
“India and the European Union have a vibrant Strategic Partnership that has seen significant growth in recent years, with greater and deeper cooperation in areas such as politics and strategy, trade and commerce, climate and sustainability, digital and technology, as well as people-to-people ties,” according to a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs.
With the decision to resume trade discussions and the introduction of the India-EU Connectivity Partnership, the Leaders’ Meeting between India and the European Union in May 2021 marked a watershed moment in the relationship between the two countries.
During the last decade, trade-in products between the EU and India have increased by 41%, while trade-in services have expanded by 76%, respectively. Following the official announcement by the EU, goods, and services traded between the two sides will total EUR 96 billion in 2020, according to the statement.
The European Union is one of India’s top investors, accounting for 16 percent of the country’s overall investments between 2015 and 2020. (Euro 83 billion in 2000-2021).
It is estimated that 4,500 European companies are operating in India, resulting in the creation of more than 1.5 million direct and 5 million indirect jobs throughout the country.