Joint Press Statement
The third Summit between India and the EU was held in Copenhagen, Denmark on 10 October, 2002. India was represented by Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee assisted by Minister for External Affairs Mr. Yashwant Sinha and Minister for Disinvestment, Mr. Arun Shourie. The EU was represented by the Prime Minister of Denmark Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen in his capacity as President of the European Council assisted by the Secretary General/High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Mr. Javier Solana, and the President of the European Commission Mr. Romano Prodi. The Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Per Stig Møller, and the European Commissioner, Mr. Christopher Patten, (External Relations) also participated in the Summit.
2. We affirm our shared values of
democracy and pluralism. We are committed to promote and protect all human
rights, including the right to development, and fundamental freedoms, which
are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. These issues
will remain on the agenda of the EU-India dialogue at various levels.
5. In Afghanistan we support the new
Transitional Authority under Mr. Hamid Karzai. We welcome the continued
commitment by the Afghan people to abide by the Bonn Agreement and pledge to
continue our political and economic support for the Transitional Authority
in its task of consolidation of peace and stability in Afghanistan. We
express our determination to support the Afghan Government in combating the
forces of terrorism. We are encouraged by the start of peace negotiations in
7. We remain committed to intensify the high-level India-EU economic dialogue and reaffirm our commitment to further promote EU-India trade relationship bearing in mind the substantial potential for improving the current level of trade. We express our resolve to provide increased market access by working together in a constructive manner in seeking speedy and amicable solution to a number of specific trade issues.
8. We confirm our commitment to the further strengthening of the multilateral trade regime of WTO, recognizing that the objective of the WTO work programme launched at Doha should be to enhance market access, develop and strengthen WTO rules and disciplines, support the economic growth, development needs and integration into the trading system of developing countries, and contribute to the wider goal of sustainable development. We are therefore committed to driving forward all aspects of the Doha Work Programme in a balanced manner, including the issues of Special and Differential Treatment and resolution of implementation related concerns of particular interest to developing countries.
9. We welcome in particular the constructive and fruitful meeting with representatives of the EU-India Business Summit. We commend the steps taken towards finalization of an Action Plan to implement industry’s ‘Joint Recommendations’ made in the first round of the “EU India Joint Initiative for Enhancing Trade and Investment”. We appreciate the continued efforts and contribution of our trade and industry for tabling further similar joint recommendations focusing on different priority sectors for identifying opportunities for enhancement of bilateral trade and investment’.
10. We welcome the significant and
concrete results achieved through the New Delhi Agenda for Action, but also
underline the need to intensify work in areas of co-operation already
identified. We agree to implement the revised Agenda for Action (annexed) in
time for the next EU-India Summit, and to regularly review progress in this
13. We remain committed to furthering
the existing Indo-EU Development Cooperation. We are in the process of
finalising new development perspectives for the future, which will include
continued support for elementary education, for expanding coverage of health
services and for safeguarding environment. Mutually agreed methodology for
the “EU-India Partnership for Progress” will be worked out. We agree to
cooperate in the international fora in taking forward our common commitment
to the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals and other
internationally agreed goals and the implementation of the decisions made at
the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
2. Intensify co-operation to promote the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
3. Co-operate to promote democracy,
development, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.
5. Mobilize the resources needed to promote autonomous civil society interaction and activate the EU India Think Tank Network programme. Prepare a joint report for the next summit on the appropriate follow-up to the recommendations tabled by the EU India Round Table.
6. Task our experts to consult at regular intervals on the full range of technical issues affecting market access for our businesses.
7. Invite the Joint Working Group on
Information Society to intensify the dialogue on policy and regulatory
issues in the run-up to the 2003 World Summit on information Society.
11. Continue exploratory talks and bilateral interactions on the feasibility of having an Agreement on Maritime Transport and to submit a progress report to the next meeting of the India-EU Joint Commission.
12. Take steps for the speedy implementation of the “EC India Partnership for Progress” in line with the methodology to be agreed.
13. Follow-up industry’s
recommendations under the first round of the “EU India Joint Initiative for
enhancing Trade and Investment” in the fields of Food Processing,
Engineering, Telecommunication and Information Technology and examine the
recommendations of the Business Summit under the second round of the “Joint
Initiative” in four new sectors: Financial Services, Power and Energy,
Textiles and Biotechnology.
15. Build on the agreed orientations
for the EC-India Trade and Investment Development Programme with a view to
launching it by mid-2003. Continue to engage their experts at the
appropriate levels with a view to speedily resolving their trade issues,
among others those in the areas of Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary rules and
Technical Barriers to Trade and seek all opportunities to improve and
facilitate their bilateral trade.
October 10, 2002