Think Tanks Twinning Initiative author 2019, Events, Press release


NEW DELHI, 6 November 2019. The EU-India Think Tanks Twinning Initiative (TTTI), a European Union Delegation to India supported project designed to foster ideas to further strengthen European and Indian cooperation, is set to host a Think Tank Twinning Initiative workshop in Delhi on 07 November 2019.

In the evening a public exchange on ‘The European Union and India: Strategic Partners on Multilateralism and Global Governance’ will explore how the EU and India can deepen cooperation in the coming years whilst contributing to multilateralism in today’s fast changing world.

The Workshop, the third organized under the TTTI, will bring together European and Indian scholars and officials for in-depth discussion, discourse, and analysis of global, regional and bilateral issues of strategic importance and interest to the EU and India. The workshop will review expert research findings jointly produced by European and Indian think tank consortiums under the TTTI to stimulate the further enhancement of EU-India foreign policy and security cooperation.

Research topics to be discussed cover emerging technology, EU-India security and defense cooperation, and EU-India foreign policy. The three consortiums presenting are the Observer Research Foundation, Chatham House and the European Institute for Security Studies; Centre for European Studies, University of Warsaw and Manipal Academy of Higher Education; and Jawaharlal Nehru University and Global Policy Unit. Participants will have the opportunity to present highlights of the workshop to the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the EU Delegation.

At the evening event, which will be held at Hotel Le Meridien, the European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary-General for Economic and Global Issues, Mr. Christian Leffler, will give a key note address on ‘The European Union and India: Strategic Partners on Multilateralism and Global Governance’. A panel discussion will follow featuring Mr Christian Leffer, Ambassador Shyam Saran, Former Foreign Secretary and Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, and Mr. G. Balasubramanian, Joint Secretary Europe West, Ministry of External Affairs, moderated by Dr Constantino Xavier, Fellow Brookings India. Opening remarks will be made by the EU Ambassador to India, H. E. Ugo Astuto. Organized in cooperation with the Brookings India EU Initiative, the event will be attended by specialists in foreign policy and international relations, academic, researchers and civil society representatives, Delhi-based think tanks, and government officials and diplomats.

EU-India relations

Over 50 years the EU and India have worked together to reduce poverty, prevent disasters, expand trade, secure global public goods, enhance security around the world and promote joint research in energy, health, agriculture and many other fields of mutual interest. In 2018, the EU adopted a new Strategy for relations with India which was welcomed in New Delhi and will feed the preparations of the next EU-India Summit. More information at

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