(19.4.2023) The EU-India Trade Negotiations

Prospects and Challenges
EU-India Event

About the Event

The Brussels Office of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) and the European Dialogue Programme of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) are pleased to invite you toWit an expert exchange on the EU-India free trade negotiations and their challenges.

The new negotiations between India and the EU on a free trade agreement are marked by a paradox: they are simpler and more complex at the same time than ever before. They are simpler as the two partners are now more aligned on geopolitical issues than ever, especially with regard to China. They are also more complicated since the success of the negotiations still depends on difficult concessions of both sides. This expert exchange will discuss the current negotiations and the ways to avoid a situation such as in 2013. Another failed negotiation process is not an option for either India or the EU in terms of the future of their strategic partnership.

For this event, Chatham House rules will apply.


16.00 Welcome by Dr. Nele Fabian, European Affairs Manager, European Dialogue, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

16.05 Panel Discussion

Dita Charanzová MEP, Renew Europe Group (tbd)

Dr. Hanns-Günther Hilpert, Senior Fellow, Asia Division, SWP Berlin

Dr. Christian Wagner, Senior Fellow, Asia Division, SWP Berlin

Moderator: Dr. André Härtel, Head of office, SWP Brussels

17.00 Q&A

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For any questions, please contact Dr. Nele Fabian: