To commemorate the 60 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and the European Union (EU) in the year 2022, Europe India Centre for Business & Industry (EICBI), managed by Sivaleen Foundation for Developed India (SFDI), is organising a series of activities in 2022 under the campaign #EUIndia60. 

These activities will provide insights on how the relationship between the EU and India has evolved considerably over the last 60 years and will also focus on views from the next generation of leaders in the EU India corridor about their thoughts on the future of EU India relations.

As the UK was the member state of the EU for the vast majority of the 60 years of Diplomatic relations between India and the EU, the EuIndia60 campaign will also focus on UK’s contribution to the EU India relationship over the past years.

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Activities conducted as part of the EUIndia60 Campaign

Europe India Leaders Conference 2022 - European Parliament (Brussels)/ Industry visit

June 28th & 29th, 2022

As part of the EUIndia60 campaign, the "Europe India Leaders Conference 2022 (EILC 2022)" will be the next activity.  

 

This conference will be held on 28th and 29th June with a session at the European Parliament in Brussels and an industry visit.  'Europe India Leaders Conference 2022' 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.

 

28th June is an important day in the history of EU India relations. On 28th June 2000, the 1st India-EU Summit was held in Lisbon, Portugal. 

Find more details of the conference here - https://www.eicbi.org/leaders-conference-2022.

Virtual summit - EU India: Building Perspectives for the next decade

March 2nd, 2022

On 2nd March, the 2nd summit of EUIndia60 campaign titled "EU India: Building Perspectives for the next decade" was held virtually. This virtual event looked at at how EU India relations can evolve during the next decade. On this day in the year 1962, that is 60 years ago, Indian Ambassador Krishen Behari Lall presented his Credentials to Mr Walter Hallstein, President of the Commission of the European Economic Community. He was the first to also be accredited to the European Community

The event had participation from number of leaders in the EU India corridor and UK India corridor alongside EuropeIndia40 leaders. Some of the leaders who shared their inputs during the summit are as follows

  • Mr Sandeep Chakravorty IFS - Joint Secretary - Europe West Division, Ministry of External Affairs, India

  • Mr Soren Gade - Member of European Parliament - Denmark/ Chairman - EU Delegation for Relations with India

  • Mr Laurent le Danois - Team Leader - Cooperation Section, Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan

  • Ms Ursa Pondelek - Policy Advisor for International Trade, European Parliament, Renew group

  • Prof Neeta Inamdar, PhD - Jean Monnet Chair, Prof and Head - Manipal Centre for European Studies, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal./ EUIndia60 committee

  • Ms Françoise Binsfeld - Director, Aide à l’Enfance de l’Inde et du Népal (AEIN)

Find more details of the virtual summit here - https://www.eicbi.org/post/a-virtual-summit-on-eu-india-building-perspectives-for-the-next-decade

Virtual summit - EU India: A retrospective on 60 years of Diplomatic relations

January 27, 2022

On 27th January, EICBI organised the first virtual summit of the EUIndia60 campaign. This summit titled "EU India: A retrospective on 60 years of Diplomatic relations" looked at how EU India relations have evolved over the 60 years and the most critical events in EU-India relations over the past 60 years. 27th January is an important day in the annals of EU India relations as it was on 27th January 1962 that Indian PM Shri Jawarharlal Nehru sent a letter to the President of the commission of the European Economic Community, His Excellency Professor Walter Hallstein, which established the formal Diplomatic relations between India and the European Economic Community

The event had participation from number of leaders in the EU India corridor and UK India corridor alongside EuropeIndia40 leaders. Some of the leaders who shared their inputs during the summit are as follows

 

  • Mr Soren Gade - Member of European Parliament - Denmark/ Chairman - EU Delegation for Relations with India

  • Mr Seppo Nurmi - Deputy Head of Mission - Delegation of the European Union to India

  • Mr Geoffrey Van Orden CBE - Member of European Parliament - UK (1999 - 2020) / Chairman - EU Delegation for relations with India (2014 - 2019)/

  • EUIndia60 Committee

  • HE Mateja Vodeb Ghosh - Ambassador of Slovenia to India

  • ​Mr Niccolò Rinaldi - Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union - European Parliament

 

Find more details of the virtual summit here - https://www.eicbi.org/post/a-virtual-summit-on-eu-india-a-retrospective-on-60-years-of-diplomatic-relations

Release of EUIndia60 Logo

November 5, 2021

EUIndia60 logo was released during the announcement of 2021 Class of EuropeIndia40. For the launch ceremony, British MP Hon Virendra Sharma MP {Member of Parliament - UK/ Chairman - Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)}; Member of European Parliament Mr Soren Gade (Chairman of the European Parliament's EU Delegation for Relations with India); Member of European Parliament Mr Sandro Gozi ( Member - EU Delegation for Relations with India, European Parliament/ Former Undersecretary for European affairs of the Italian Government); Indian Member of Parliament Mr Alphons kannanthanam (Member - Standing Committee for External Affairs, Indian Parliament/ Former Union Minister - India) and Mr Seppo Nurmi (Deputy Head of Mission - Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan ) shared a message with 2021 Class of EuropeIndia40 leaders during the virtual ceremony.

In the year 2022, India and the EU will celebrate 60 years of Diplomatic relations and the EuIndia60 campaign will focus on series of activities in 2022 to celebrate this special occasion. These activities will demonstrate the growing relationship between India and the EU over the last 60 years as well look at the future with hope as India shares many values with the European Union which makes India seem like a natural partner for the European Union

Following activities have been planned as part of EUIndia60 campaign

 
 
 

EUIndia60 Legends

One of the activities planned during the campaign is a coffee-table book titled EuIndia60 Legends, which will look at the 60 leaders (Alive and Deceased) who have shaped EU India relations over the past 60 years. The coffee table book is expected to be released at the European Parliament in Brussels in 2022.

Around 120 EuropeIndia40 leaders from the 2019 class, 2020 class and 2021 class will play a major role in choosing EuIndia60 legends. EuropeIndia40 leaders will submit their list of preferred nominees and rank them according to their preferences. Then, the EICBI team will collate this information and in consultation with the EUIndia60 committee, will choose EUIndia60 legends. EUIndia60 Legends list is expected to include Presidents, Prime Ministers, Bureaucrats and other stakeholders who have played a role in building EU India relationship over the past 60 years.

EUIndia60 Collective

Over the past 60 years, several organisations have played a role in building EU India relations. EUIndia60 Collective aims to applaud 60 of these organisations for their contribution.

 

EUIndia60 Collectives will be chosen by around 120 EuropeIndia40 leaders from the 2019 class, 2020 class, and 2021 class. EuropeIndia40 leaders will submit their list of preferred organisations and rank them according to their preferences. Then, the EICBI team will collate this information and, in consultation with the EUIndia60 committee, choose EUIndia60 Collective. 

EuIndia60 Leaders list

This leaders list will cover the stories of the 60 current leaders from the private sector, irrespective of their age, and their contributions in promoting EU India relations.

2022 Class of EuropeIndia40 Leaders

EuropeIndia40, an initiative of EICBI to discover Top 40 under 40 Europe India Leaders, covers the stories of young leaders and their contributions in promoting EU India / UK India relations.

The 2019 Class of EuIndia40 leaders was released at the European Parliament in Brussels on 10th April 2019. Please find the 2019 class here - https://www.eicbi.org/2019-class-euindia40-leaders. The 2020 Class of EuropeIndia40 leaders was released virtually on 27th November 2020 with the participation of leaders from the UK Parliament, EU Parliament and Indian Parliament. Please find the 2020 Class here - https://www.eicbi.org/2020-class-europeindia40-leaders. The 2021 Class of EuropeIndia40 leaders was released virtually on 5th November 2021 with the participation of Members of Parliament from British Parliament, European Parliament, Indian Parliament and representation from EU delegation in India. Please find the 2021 Class here - https://www.eicbi.org/2021-class-europeindia40-leaders.

Events

Series of Offline and Online summits will focus on promoting trade and relations between India and the EU. 

Over the last 10 years, EICBI and our associate organisations, have organised 22 summits at the British Parliament in London and 2 summits at the European Parliament in Brussels whereby EICBI & its delivery partners have engaged more than 3240 delegates from 2190 companies. These summits have provided an opportunity for British MPs, European MEPs and Indian lawmakers to not only get to know each other but also engage in discussions with companies that are planning to expand into these regions. 

As part of the EuropeIndia40 VIEWS Campaign, a number of virtual summits involving Members of European Parliament, Members of Indian Parliament, Members of British Parliament alongside EuropeIndia40 leaders were held so as to understand the view of the current generation of leaders in the EU India/ UK India corridor and next generation of EuropeIndia40 leaders. 

Please find more details about our previous summits here - https://www.eicbi.org/summits

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