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IPCS x HSS India-EU Series

Six experts talk on expectations of the EU-India partnership and sector-specific assessments of its future development.

The IPCS x HSS India-EU Series was conceptualised in the wake of the 15th India-EU Summit in July 2020, with the aim of developing concrete recommendations for action in bilateral cooperation. In order to explore the specifics, potential and limitations of the India-EU strategic partnership, the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), in collaboration with Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSS) India, conducted a series of in-depth interviews with subject matter experts in India and the EU. The topics were based on the India-EU Joint Declaration.

The findings from the interviews were supplemented by research on sectoral developments in health, environment and climate change, information and communication technology (ICT), and research and innovation, the broader trajectory of the India-EU Strategic Partnership, and New Delhi and Brussels’ individual and combined interests and capabilities. The result of this exercise are 10 policy recommendations.

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Ten Policy Recommendations for the Strategic Partnership

Policy Brief by Ruhee Neog and Siddharth Anil Nair, March 2021                                                                           

With the India-EU relationship appearing to be reinvigorated with a new found momentum in 2020, the interview with Mr Sandeep Chakravorty, Joint Secretary, Europe West Division, Indian Ministry of External Affairs, outlines the factors that have led to this accelerated cooperation; The 1st interview addresses topics such as the COVID-19 pandemic, existing bilateral ties with EU member states, strategic competition with China, the importance of resilient and sustainable supply-chains. Full Interview here.

The 2nd episode examines with H.E. Ambassador Ugo Astuto, EU Ambassador to India and Bhutan, the drivers of this new found convergence between India and the EU, the importance of shared values and principles, growing security convergences between India and the EU, the need to develop a cohesive response to the pandemic and global climate change, and explores the significance of India-EU cooperation in three sectors – health, environment and digital technologies. Full Interview here.

With the India-EU Roadmap to 2025 laying great emphasis on technology sector cooperation, this Parallax examines the performance, nature and potential of India-EU technology cooperation. With Ms. Trisha Ray, Associate Fellow, Cyber Initiative, Media and Technology, Programme, Observer Research Foundation, this episode explores the meaning of “human-centric digitalisation”, the normative and value convergences between India and the EU, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on 5G rollouts, the significance of India-EU AI cooperation and the hurdles therein, and the post-pandemic trends for India’s domestic electronics and manufacturing market. Full Interview here.

Walter J. Lindner, Ambassador of Germany to India outlines in the 4th episode some of the factors that precipitated the strengthening and diversification of the India-EU Strategic Partnership beyond trade and investment. Offering a uniquely German perspective on India-EU relations, the Parallax touches upon issues such as the growing importance of the Indo-Pacific, the need for consensus building and shared values such as democracy and multilateralism, the dangers of climate change and environmental degradation, and finally, the internal political difficulties faced by the EU and India during the pandemic. Full Interview here.


In an interview with Dr Louise van Schaik, Unit Head, EU & Global Affairs, and Senior Fellow of Clingendael Institute, The Hague, Netherland, this 5th episode examines the performance and outlines the trajectory of India-EU environment cooperation so far; in critical segments such as sustainable modernisation, urbanisation, climate change, resource efficient and circular economies. The Interview also discusses the EU’s Green Deal, the issue of foreign investment and financing in the environmental space, the normative deadlock between Developed and Developing Countries, the improvement to national and multilateral capacities to mitigate climate change, and the security risks posed by climate-change in the Indo-Pacific. Full Interview here.


The episode with Dr Dinesh Dua, Chairman, Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council of India explores the impact of the pandemic on India's health sector landscape, on global supply-chains, and Indian and EU markets. It also examines a number of granular issues such as regulatory conflicts within the India-EU Free Trade Agreement, the diversification of health sector cooperation beyond APIs and KSMs, vaccine development, and the need for innovation in a number of segments including scientific/medical equipment. Full Interview here.