It has not helped matters that the EU has been commenting on India’s internal matters, from Kashmir to Manipur.
Historically, India has been one of the largest trading partners of the EU. However, unfortunately, we’ve not been able to see the India-EU relationship reach its full potential. The two partners can have a great relationship but regrettably it has not been granted its due attention as is needed. Both sides have been slow in acknowledging the importance of this relationship.
At the same time, there have been many positive developments in the India-EU relationship in recent years. In 2021, the two sides launched the Trade and Technology Council, which is a high-level forum for discussing trade, technology, and security issues. The Trade and Technology Council is seen as a sign of the growing importance of the India-EU relationship. It is also noteworthy that the first Ministerial meeting of India-EU Trade and Technology Council was held earlier this year in May of 2023 in Brussels with key and senior ministers—S. Jaishankar, Piyush Goyal and Rajeev Chandrasekhar—in attendance with senior EU ministers and bureaucrats. There is great thrust and focus on understanding and partnering in the ongoing rapid technological developments, particularly in Artificial Intelligence between India and EU.
India and the EU have also worked together on a number of green energy initiatives, such as the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. They have also agreed to cooperate on issues such as climate change and sustainable development.
Source : Guardian