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EU-India relations in a post-COVID world

Closed door event for a selection of experts on India and the EU to discuss the state and future of EU-India relations.

Date: February 15, 2022, 10:30 am Topic: Global economy and trade

This closed door event on EU-India relations aims to stimulate discussion among a diverse, senior group of invited participants.

Following a virtual summit between India and all EU member states, in May 2021 India and the EU formally agreed to relaunch stalled negotiations on trade, geographic indications (GI) and investment protection. Success of these negotiations will be determined by a range of factors: technical; domestic political compulsions; and shifts in global power relations. Building upon an earlier (public) dialogue in December 2020, the present workshop aims to deepen understanding of the political economy of the forces driving each of the parties in the negotiations. Legacy sources of friction have included market access issues in selected products on both sides (automotive; agriculture; dairy; wine) as well as restraints on services trade (visas; recognition agreements). Labour protection, human rights and environmental standards have gained greater salience in EU trade and investment agreements, while India has undertaken a wholesale review of the provisions of its bilateral investment treaties in order to ensure sovereignty prevails in case of dispute. Newer issues include protocols for digital trade and the prospect of introduction of carbon border adjustment measures by the EU for products sourced from exporters who do not have effective domestic mechanisms for carbon pricing.

Schedule

Feb 15, 2022

10:30 - 10:40 CET 15:10 - 15:20 IST

Welcome and introductory remarks

Yamini Aiyar, President, Centre for Policy Research

Guntram B. Wolff, Director

10:40 - 10:50 CET 15:10 - 15:20 IST

Lead Presentation 1- The geopolitical context of EU-India relations: an Indian perspective

Shyam Saran, Senior Fellow, CPR

10:50 - 11:00 CET 15:20 - 15:30 IST

Lead Presentation 2- The geopolitical context of EU-India relations: a view from Europe

François Godement, Senior Advisor for Asia, Institut Montaigne

11:00 - 11:10 CET 15:30 - 15:40 IST

Lead Presentation 3- India’s strategic intent in reopening trade negotiations with Europe

Mohan Kumar, Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

11:10 - 11:20 CET 15:40 - 15:50 IST

Lead Presentation 4- Europe’s goals in Asia’s evolving trade and investment architecture

Sébastien Jean, Director, CEPII; Senior Scientist, INRAE

11:20 - 11:25 CET 15:50 - 16:00 IST

Discussant remarks: private sector perspectives

Vinita Bali, Former global executive with Cadbury Schweppes, Coca-Cola and Britannia

11:25 - 11:30 CET 15:55 - 16:00 IST

Discussant remarks: private sector perspectives

Silvia Piana, Head of Regulatory Affairs Africa, Asia and Australia, Enel Green Power

11:30 - 12:25 CET 16:00 - 16:55 IST

Moderated discussion

Chair: Yamini Aiyar, President, Centre for Policy Research

12:25 - 12:30 CET 16:55 - 17:00 IST

Closing remarks and Thank you

Guntram B. Wolff, Director

Speakers

Yamini Aiyar

President, Centre for Policy Research

Vinita Bali

Former global executive with Cadbury Schweppes, Coca-Cola and Britannia

François Godement

Senior Advisor for Asia, Institut Montaigne

Sébastien Jean

Director, CEPII; Senior Scientist, INRAE

Mohan Kumar

Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

Silvia Piana

Head of Regulatory Affairs Africa, Asia and Australia, Enel Green Power

Shyam Saran

Senior Fellow, CPR

Guntram B. Wolff

Director

Location & Contact

Katja Knezevic

[email protected]

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