Eu/India Summit: extracts from the joint press conference by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic and President in office of the Council of the EU, Manmohan Singh, Indian Prime Minister and Jose Manuel Barroso
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 29/09/2008 First transmission: 29/09/2008
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic and President in office of the Council of the EU, and Manmohan Singh, Indian Prime Minister, held a press conference at the annual EU-India Summit, which was held on 29 September 2008, in Marseille. In 2004, India became one of the EU's strategic partners. Since 2005, the joint action plan has served as a mechanism to help realise the full potential of this partnership in key areas of interest for India and the EU. They presented the results of the discussions between the delegations, on regional issues of mutual interest to the EU and India and on major global challenges such as the financial crisis, India EU trade or civil nuclear partnership.
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||Arrival of Manmohan Singh, Indian Prime Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic and President in office of the Council of the EU, and Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic and President in office of the Council of the EU: I shall take the initiative, in agreement with José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, to gather in Paris in the coming days, the president of the EC, whose role is essential, the four G8 European Member countries (Germany, UK, Italy and France), Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the Eurogroup, and Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank; this meeting should able us to prepare the Global Summit in the best conditions, in order to create a new international financial system.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Manmohan Singh, Indian Prime Minister: We have agreed to achieve an annual bilateral trade turnover of 100 billion euros within the next 5 years, and work towards the conclusion of an India-EU trade and investment agreement by the end of 2009; we reviewed the Action Plan adopted in 2005 and agreed to add several new areas of cooperation and this includes: vocational training, exploitation of solar energy in India, and civil nuclear research and development, including fusion energy; we discussed various issues related to counter terrorism, including cooperation between Europol and counterpart organization in India; we launched a giant work program on energy, clean development, and climate change and this provides for collaboration in clean cool technologies, energy efficiency, renewable energies, climate change adaptation, and financing and transfer of climate friendly technologies; the horizontal civil aviation agreement between India and the European Union was signed yesterday and we also decided to work towards the finalization of memorandums of understanding in the field of education and culture.
||SOUNDBITE (in French) by Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the EC: We finalized the negotiations between Euratom and India in terms of cooperation in the field of the nuclear fusion and this agreement defines the participation conditions to the ITER programme; we have also stated that we wish to see reinforced cooperation between Euratom and India in the area of civil nuclear security, safety and research.
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