PM Modi holds talks with EU Commission Prez Ursula von der Leyen in Germany

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen here and held productive discussions as the two leaders reviewed the India-EU cooperation in trade, investment, technology and climate action.

Prime Minister Modi, who is in Germany on a two-day visit from Sunday for the summit of the G7, met von der Leyen on the sidelines of the G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau, the picturesque venue of the summit in southern Germany.

He said that he had an “outstanding meeting” with the European Commission President.

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“President @EU_Commission @vonderleyen and I had an outstanding meeting earlier today. We discussed ways to deepen investment linkages, efforts to combat climate change, boosting digital cooperation and other important issues,” Modi said on Twitter.

“PM @narendramodi and President of @EU_Commission @vonderleyen held talks on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit. Issues such as stronger trade ties, cooperation to mitigate climate change, emerging technologies and cultural linkages were discussed during the meeting,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.

During their talks, Prime Minister Modi and the EU Commission President welcomed the resumption of negotiations on the trade, investment and geographical indication agreements, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

“Productive discussions held between PM @narendramodi & President @EU_Commission @vonderleyen on the margins of G7. Reviewed India-EU cooperation in trade, investment, technology, climate action. Welcomed resumption of negotiations on the Trade, Investment and GI Agreements,” Bagchi said on Twitter.

“PM @narendramodi meets with the President of @EU_Commission @vonderleyen. The #IndiaEU relationship is shaped by ever-growing bilateral cooperation and partnership,” the Official Account of India’s Public Diplomacy, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Twitter.

This was their second meeting in two months after she visited New Delhi in April, her first visit to India as the president of the European Commission.

In April, Prime Minister Modi and von der Leyen announced the setting up of an India-EU Trade and Technology Council, a high-level strategic mechanism to tackle key trade, economic and technological challenges.

In their talks, both sides also agreed to launch the India-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC), a strategic coordination mechanism to tackle challenges at the nexus of trade, trusted technology and security.

India and the European Union are eyeing to firm up the comprehensive trade and investment agreements before the commencement of the electoral cycles on both sides in 2024, EU Ambassador to India Ugo Astuto said on April 29.

India is the second country after the US to have such a mechanism with the 27-nation European Union.

In May last year, India and the European Union (EU) announced to resume negotiations for a balanced and comprehensive trade agreement after a gap of over eight years.

The EU is one of the largest investors in India, accounting for 16 per cent of total investments received between 2015-20 (83 billion euro between 2000 and 2021).

The EU said there are 4,500 European companies operating in India, contributing to the creation of over 1.5 million direct and 5 million indirect jobs in the country.

The Investment Facilitation Mechanism was established in 2017 to facilitate the entry for EU companies proposing to invest in India.

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