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In recognition of the ongoing

India -EU FTA negotiations,

Europe India Centre for

Business & Industry 


EU India Leaders Conference 2023

28th summit in Europe

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Europe India Centre of Business and Industry and its associate organisations have organised 24 Major summits at British Parliament in London, 3 Major summits at European Parliament in Brussels over the past few years in promoting trade and relations between India and European Union as well as between India and the UK. 

In addition to the physical summits, EICBI has organised number of virtual activities as part of the EuropeIndia40 VIEWS campaign so as to promote discussions amongst the current Members of Parliament and EuropeIndia40 leaders.



Find agenda and post conference report of our previous summit at UK & European Parliament and other locations HERE

9.30 AM - 1.15 PM


Location - AWEX Brussels

9:30 AM – 9:40 AM

Opening Remarks


9:40 AM – 10:00 AM

Belgium-Wallonia and its economic potential

Mr Alphi Cartuyvels,
Senior Executive - Public and Corporate Affairs

10:00 AM– 10:30 AM

Role of intellectual property linked to the EUIndia Free Trade Agreement

Mr Joel Fernandes

Project and Policy Advisor,


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Doing Business in India - Experience of Belgian company in India

John Cockerill

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Doing Business in Belgium - Experience of Indian company in Belgium


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

EICBI Delegation Introduction

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

4.00 PM - 4.05 PM

Welcome to EILC 2023

Mr Sujit S. Nair,
Europe India Centre for Business and Industry

4:05 PM – 4:15 PM

Keynote Address


4:15 PM – 4:30 PM

  • Launch of EU India ICT relations report.

  • Certificates to EuropeIndia40 leaders

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

Panel Discussion 1 - An overview of EU India trade relationship 

The European Union is India’s third-largest trading partner. The trade-in goods between the two parties increased by 12.5% in the last decade, and trade in
services reached the 32.7 billion euro mark in 2020. This session will focus on the following aspects

  • Critical milestones in the history of India-EU trade relations

  • India-EU trade relations in the current geopolitical context

  • Untapped potential in terms of a comprehensive and mutually beneficial FTA in the near future

  • The evolution of EU-India relations from economic to other domains like science, technology, space, health, environment etc.


Cllr Aarien Areti - EICBI Vice Chair, Government relations/ Councillor –London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea


  • Dr Vijay Mehta - Member, National Executive, Foreign Affairs Department - UK & EU, BJP 

  • Mr B Lakshmi Kantham IAS (Retd) - Ex District Collector, Govt of India

  • Mr Michael Saxl - European Policy Department, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

  • Mr Asif Iqbal - President, Indian Economic Trade Organization

  • Mr Charles-Antoine Janssen - Managing Partner, KOIS

5:15 – 6:00 PM

Panel Discussion 2 - India-EU cooperation on EV and Battery Supply Chains

This discussion will focus on recent developments in the Indian EV ecosystem and potential areas of cooperation between OEMs, component manufacturers, and institutional investors. This session will focus on the following aspects.

  • The Short- and medium-term plans and initiatives to move India from EV competitiveness to global EV and battery leadership.

  • Investment trends with respect to, and potential in, India’s EV and battery transition

  • The objective is to share perspectives, and gather feedback, on the decarbonization of transport in India.


Mr Tom Moerenhout - Senior Associate, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)


  • Mr Sudhendu Sinha - Adviser - NITI Aayog, Govt of India​

  • Ms Varda Taneja - Vice President, Invest India

  • Mr Rohit Kumar - Secretary General, Carbon Markets Association of India

  • Mr Mohit Tyagi –  Technical Affairs Director, European  Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

6:00 – 6:45 PM

Panel Discussion 3 - EU INDIA Textile Co Operation & FTA

This discussion will look at opportunities and Challenges in the textile sector. This session will focus on the following aspects.

  • How easy or difficult is it for companies to tap the opportunities in the regions

  • What are the Policies, Legislation and Nation level initiatives to help companies in there efforts ?

  • Will EU India FTA  help to increase co operation between textile companies from EU and India ? 


  • Dr Amit Lath - CEO, Sharda Group of Companies/ Pravasi BharatiyaSamman Award 2023

  • Mr Pratik Gadia - Founder & CEO, The Yarn Bazaar



  • Mr Dirk Vantghem - Director General, EURATEX 

  • Mr. Sanjay Jain - Chairman - ICC Textile Committee/ Member - CIITextiles Committee / Managing Director - TT Limited.

  • Dr Lalit Shyaam Tekchandani - Co founder, 

  • Mr Bhadresh Dodhia - Chairman, Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council

6:45 – 7:00 PM

Closing session and Networking


  • Proven strategies, authentic experiences, and fresh thinking that business leaders can learn from and implement with confidence. 

  • Join CEOs, CFOs, Exec. GMs, marketers, and Board members will receive an extensive briefing on strategies to pursue your business in India and the EU.  

  • Interaction with experts from the UK and India which helps in updating the knowledge at interactive sessions

  • Global networking: In transferring and exchanging Ideas 

  • Scope of enhancing marketing opportunities and collaborations 

  • Network with critical experts (EU/ UK/ India) and explore new business opportunities

  • Sharing and learning of best practices and success stories

  • Sharing your points of view on growth enablers and get feedback for the same from other experts at the conference


'EU India Leaders Conference 2023' will bring considerable benefits to all the leaders who attend by increasing access to the connections in the EU India corridor, financing, resources, and strategic insight to grow their business across continents.


  • Business leaders from micro, small and medium scale enterprises

  • Investors and Investment seekers

  • Banking and Financial Institution Representatives

  • Consultants seeking new engagements

  • Accountants who can help new companies

  • Solicitors/Lawyers who provide guidance

  • Senior Academicians and Thought Leaders


If you are strategic partner of EICBI, please do email us at for your invite. 

You can become a strategic partner by paying Rs 60,000 and attend all our summits for a year. As a strategic partner of Europe India Centre for Business and Industry, one gets:

  • Priority access to EICBI business meets/ events/ partner events for a year.
  • Access to the delegate list ( Delegate Name, Designation, Organisation) of our summits

  • Your logo and link on the “Strategic Partners” page of the EICBI website for a year.

  • Opportunities to promote your organisation in EICBI E-Newsletter.

  • Offers from our partner organisations

  • Opportunities to organise joint events when possible.

  • Broadcast your announcement and news through our social media channels.​

In case of the conference's postponement due to unforeseen circumstances like COVID etc., any payment made will automatically be adjusted to the rescheduled date.

Please do check the vaccine dosage required before your trip. 

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