Text of EU-India Joint Press Communique continue……..

September 29th, 2008 - 9:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Text of EU-India Joint Press Communique continue……..
III. EU-India bilateral relations
Developments in Europe and India
The Leaders discussed developments in the EU and in India. Regarding Europe, the EU focused on the Lisbon Treaty and the recent developments in EU’’s migration policy, in particular the proposed Pact on Migration and Asylum, the initiatives taken to facilitate the employment in the EU of skilled migrants. India shared its assessment of Indias economy and the opportunities it offers; the challenges faced in areas such as infrastructure, energy, agriculture and human resource development in its endeavour for inclusive growth.
Developments in EU-India cooperation
The EU and India agreed to further develop their political exchanges and cooperation.
The EU and India recognised the importance of the early conclusion of the broad based trade and investment agreement, to fulfil the expectations of businesses on both sides and to further strengthen the bilateral economic relationship. Towards this end, the EU and India endeavour to achieve a balanced and ambitious outcome. While welcoming the signature of a horizontal civil aviation agreement, they encouraged the conclusion of a maritime transport agreement that is mutually beneficial.
They also noted that joint cooperation in the framework of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Agreement remains a priority that will be further enhanced through the conclusion of a bilateral agreement between Euratom and India in the field of fusion energy research, for which negotiations are being finalised.
The EU and India announced their intention to promote dialogue and cooperation in education and culture. In the field of education, areas identified for this purpose include vocational training, technical education, recognition of qualifications, the modernisation of higher education with emphasis on quality, transparency and partnership, and the promotion of languages.
In the field of culture, particular focus will be placed on the implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the promotion of intercultural dialogue and multilingualism, including through mutual TV broadcasts.
Joint declarations will be signed between the Commission and India to implement the above objectives.
The EU and India welcomed efforts to increase people to people exchanges.
The EU and India approved the following:
-a revised Joint Action Plan extending the strategic partnership of 2005 to new areas; -a joint work programme on energy, clean development and climate change; -horizontal civil aviation agreement; -the launch of a European Business and Technology Center in India, which shall support business-to-business and research co-operation between the EU and India. (ANI)

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