International Relations/Diplomacy
India and EU: An Insider’s View by Bhaswati Mukherjee, New Delhi: ICWA and Vij Books, 2018, ISBN: 978-81-93759-10-3, pp. 336, Rs 995

Although India was among the first countries to develop ties with the European community in the 1960s, the country’s present level of engagement with the European Union (EU) is not commensurate with the existing potential. The four-year long hiatus between the twelfth (2012) and thirteenth India-EU summits (2016) marked the lowest phase of the partnership. With the resumption of dialogue since 2016, a revival of their relations has followed but still lacks the required momentum.

European Union’s post COVID-19 Trajectory- the Challenges Ahead

The European Union (EU) has faced a series of crises in the last decade which have tested its resilience as a supranational entity based on solidarity and common values. Since several of its internal issues remain unresolved, the EU would now have to deal with them amid new disruptions brought upon by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The EU’s handling of the ongoing pandemic has already been under the scanner owing to its failure to come up with a concerted action in the initial stage of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Roundtable Discussion on Brexit and its Impact on the European Union: Implications for India

Nearly four years after holding the fateful referendum to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom eventually ceased to be an EU member on 31 January 2020. The country, however, would remain a part of the Customs Union till the culmination of the transition phase in December 2020. During this transition phase several existing arrangements including freedom of movement, cross-border travel and personal rights of citizens would continue post which the UK is expected to introduce a new immigration policy.

Round Table Meeting with H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India, on ‘European Union – India Relations and a Way Forward’

The European Union's (EU) Ambassador to India and Bhutan Tomasz Kozlowski participated in a high-level Roundtable meeting on the growing engagement between the EU and India. His speech covered the positive development of relations in recent years and the main areas of the EU-India Strategic Partnership. There was a lively discussion after the presentation, chaired, by VIF Director Dr Arvind Gupta. Summary of Ambassador Kozlowski's Briefing:

Seminar on “India-EU Relations: Opportunities and Challenges”

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), in collaboration with Finland Future Research Centre (FFRC), held a day-long seminar on ‘India-European (EU) Relations: Opportunities and Challenges’ on 1 Aug 2016. The seminar sought to build upon the 13th official Summit between European Union and India held in Brussels on 30 Mar 2016 which was attended by Mr. Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission.

Interaction with EU Ambassador to India

Vivekananda International Foundation hosted an interaction with His Excellency Mr. João Cravinho, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to India on 13 March 2014, under its ongoing series of interactions with Ambassadors based in India. The closed-door interaction was chaired by Ambassador P P Shukla, Joint Director VIF, and included veteran Indian diplomats and former chiefs of Armed Services and Intelligence agencies of the country as participants.

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