Basis of EU-India Cooperation
The European Union and the Republic of India benefit from a longstanding relationship going back to the early 1960s. The Joint Political Statement of 1993 and the 1994 Co-operation Agreement, which is the current legislative framework for cooperation, opened the door to a broad political dialogue, which evolves through annual Summits, regular ministerial and expert level meetings. The EU-India Strategic Partnership was created in 2004 to enable the EU and India to better address international issues in the context of ever-increasing globalisation. At the 2005 EU-India Summit, leaders adopted the EU-India Joint Action Plan.
The Action Plan defines common objectives and identifies a wide range of supporting activities in the areas of political, economic, development and environmental co-operation. A regular dialogue on environment was initiated leading to the establishment in 2006 of a Joint Working Group on Environment and an EU-India Environment Forum.
Meetings of the Joint Working Group on Environment are held on a yearly basis. The Working Group is a platform for political dialogue and has facilitated greater co-operation in particular on biodiversity conservation, forest protection, chemicals policy, and waste and water management. The most recent JWGE convened in Brussels in April 2014.
The Environment Forum involving Indian authorities, business, academia and civil society convenes at regular intervals. Each Forum, normally held in New Delhi, addresses a particular theme. The 5th Environment Forum in 2011 discussed ways to safeguard biodiversity, the 6th Forum in November 2012 addressed sustainable forestry, while the 7th Forum in February 2015 was dedicated to the circular economy, with a focus on waste management. A report from the latter Forum is available here.
In addition, a number of projects and programmes have also been launched. For further information on these projects please see:
For an update on EU-India relations, see: