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Panel discussion on India-EU Trade Agreement

TPCI is organising a panel discussion on Indo-EU Trade Negotiations – A new era of collaboration on May 28, 2021. The session will be conducted with prominent experts in the domain of international trade and India-EU relations.

The panelists will be talk about the larger geopolitical and trade context of India-EU relations, future potential of partnership and trade opportunities, major roadblocks impeding the culmination of the trade agreement, and what quick gains the two sides can expect with the resumption of negotiations.


Background of topic

The India-EU summit held on May 8, 2021 heralded a path-breaking decision by both sides to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel parallelly to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement. 

The EU was India’s third-largest trading partner and second-largest destination for Indian exports as of 2020. Trade in goods has increased by 72%, and the EU’s share in foreign investment inflows to India has more than doubled from 8% to 18% over the same period. Clearly, experts point out to significant potential and complementarities in the relationship that both sides can explore further.


Confirmed panelists

Amb Anil Trigunayat, Former Ambassador of India to Jordan, Libya and Malta, President, MIICCIA Chamber of Commerce

Dr Arpita Mukherjee Professor, ICRIER

Dr Rupa Chanda RBI Chair Professor in Economics, IIM Bangalore

Dr Pralok Gupta Associate Professor (Services and Investment), Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

R V Anuradha Partner, Clarus Law Associates


Topics to be covered

• Indo-EU trade relations and the current geopolitical context

• Trade complementarities and potential between the two partners

• Issues on tariff and non-tariff barriers

• Services access and opportunities

• Investment issues

• New areas of discussion like carbon emissions, sustainability and startups


Interested participants may register on the session here.

For further details on the event, please contact Virat Bahri at virat.bahri@tpci.in.

Panel discussion on India-EU Trade Agreement

28 May, 2021


Date: May 28, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Trade Promotion Council of India

9, 2nd Floor, Scindia House, Connaught Circus
New Delhi, Delhi 110001 India

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