On February 5, 2021 1st High-Level Dialogue(HLD) on India-European Union(EU) Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA) 2021 Held virtually. It was co-chaired by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Valdis Dombrovskis, EU Executive Vice-President & Trade Commissioner.
This dialogue has been established as an outcome of the 15th India-EU Leader’s Summit held in July 2020, which aims to provide ministerial-level guidance on bilateral trade and investment relations.
Highlights of 1st HLD on India-EU BTIA:
Meet within next 3 months
The Ministers agreed to meet within the next three months to sign agreement for many bilateral trade & investment cooperation issues namely:
- A bilateral Regulatory Dialogue
- An India-EU Multilateral Dialogue to explore further possibilities of cooperation, etc.,
Deepen Trade & Investment Relations
The Ministers also agreed to further deepen the bilateral trade and investment relationship through a series of regular engagements aimed to provide deliverables for the businesses in COVID-19 times.
Note– India-EU commercial and economic partnership was renewed.
Relations between India and EU
The relations between India and EU are currently defined by the 1994 EU-India Cooperation Agreement.
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Ministry of Commerce and Industry:
Union Minister– Piyush Goyal(Constituency- Rajya Sabha, Maharashtra)
Minister of State-Hardeep Singh Puri(Constituency- Uttar Pradesh), Som Parkash(Constituency- Hoshiarpur, Punjab)
About European Union (EU):
Headquarters– Brussels, Belgium
European Parliament president – David-Maria Sassoli, Italy(Term: July 2019 – December 2021)
Member Countries– 27(The United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union on 31 January 2020)