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Ambassador (Dr.) Mohan Kumar (RIS) and Ambassador Tomasz Kozlowski, European Union Delegation (EUD) opened the Workshop on India-EU Development Cooperation and Way Forward on 13 June 2018 at Hotel Lalit, New Delhi. ICA-AP participated in the high-level workshop and made a presentation on best practices in Civil Society Cooperation, Potential for Replication of Successful Models. The workshop was to help the EU collaborate with Local Authorities, CSOs and the diversified private sector on common priorities and explore continuation of the India-EU Development Dialogue.

 

 The main objectives of the workshop were to a.) Explore innovative models of development, best practices, successes and synergies that can be replicated, taken forward through future India-EU bilateral/trilateral/regional development cooperation; b.) Identify potential areas of collaboration/ thematic sectors for India-EU development cooperation; and c.) Define the scope for triangular cooperation and possible third countries/regions that could be considered for future India-EU development cooperation, and come out with recommendations. EU-India relationship was upgraded to a strategic partnership in 2005 and transitioned into an equitable partnership in 2014 following India’s economic dominance not only in South Asia but also globally. The 13th India-EU summit in 2016 helped the two Unions to identify areas of mutual interest and draw-up an ambitious Action Agenda 2020. At the 14th EU-India Summit held in October 2017, both sides acknowledged their interest in adding value to their partnership and to explore ways to re-initiate the Sub-Commission on Development Cooperation that was set up in the 1990s to oversee EU Cooperation in India.

 

The EU since the 90s has moved beyond a traditional assistance-type agenda towards blending grants from the EU with loans from international financial institutions, leveraging additional funding for jointly identified development needs.  Today EU support to India focuses on climate change, clean and renewable energy, water, urban development and resource efficiency, and strengthening of civil society organizations. Co-operatives in Europe, especially the Co-operatives Europe Development Platform that comprises of 10 co-operative umbrella organizations from Europe and that work on development cooperation in Africa and Asia, strengthen the case for promoting various typologies of co-operatives in India with an aim to enhance participation of communities in sustainable development. The ICA-AP intends to work closely with the EUD to India and Bhutan to promote different types of co-operatives in South Asia, especially in emerging areas like renewable energy and healthcare services.