01 April 2016 Current Affairs GK: The 13th India-European Union summit, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was "rich in results, constructive and positive", a senior EU official said on 31 March,2016.The EU was represented at the summit by Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, while Modi represented India.The official noted that besides a joint statement, the summit between India and the 28-member European bloc released an EU-India Agenda for Action 2020.The summit also released four other joint declarations, including a common agenda on migration and mobility, on India-EU water partnership, on clean energy and climate partnership and on the fight against terrorism.The best description here is the 'new momentum' used in the statement on the EU-India strategic partnership. There is a clear political will from the leaders of both sides to make every effort to develop that potential fullyThe official noted that counter-terrorism was one of the subjects most discussed during the proceedings of the India-EU summit held after a gap of four years."The summit discussions were all constructive, but we did not necessarily have the same opinion on everything. But this was a meeting between friends and like-minded partners.But there was clear will by both sides that we will re-launch these negotiations and that the period of silence and stalemate is over.The official added that there will be an EU-India ministerial-level engagement probably in September in an effort to re-launch the free trade agreement negotiations which are on hold since 2013.
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