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					                                                                   New Delhi, 29 November 2003
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                                   4th EU-INDIA SUMMIT
                                 New Delhi, 29 November 2003


                                 JOINT PRESS STATEMENT

The 4th Summit between India and the EU was held in New Delhi, India on 29 November 2003.
India was represented by Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was assisted by External
Affairs Minister Mr. Yashwant Sinha. The EU was represented by the Presidency of the European
Council, Italian Minister of State for External Affairs, Mrs. Margherita Boniver, President of the
European Commission, Mr. Romano Prodi, Secretary General/High Representative for Common
Foreign and Security Policy Mr. Javier Solana and the Commissioner in charge of External
Relations, Mr. Chris Patten.

The leaders sent the following message:

1.   We reviewed developments since the last India-EU Summit in Copenhagen in October 2002.
     We expressed satisfaction with the positive outcome of this Summit which has further
     reinforced the India-EU relationship. We are particularly satisfied with the successful
     conclusion of an Indo-EU Customs Cooperation Agreement, India's imminent participation in
     the development phase of Galileo Project and the launching of negotiations for an Indo-EU
     Maritime Agreement. We remain determined to develop this relationship further on the basis
     of equality and mutual benefit.

2.   India and the EU, as global actors in the multipolar world, remain committed to strengthening
     the role of the UN in the development field, as well as in the maintenance of international
     peace and security. We undertook to work towards strengthening multilateral institutions
     based on the principles of international law.




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3.   India and the EU are bound together by values of democracy and pluralism. We are willing to
     work together to promote pluralistic democracy in the world by laying special emphasis on
     democratic principles and practice. We encourage greater exchanges between the Indian
     Parliament and the European Parliament. We will also promote cooperation between political
     parties, trade unions, universities and civil societies. This would give expression to our shared
     commitment to democratic values.

4.   We affirmed that democracy provides a crucial safeguard for protection and promotion of
     Human Rights. All Human Rights including the right to personal, economic, social and
     cultural development are universal, indivisible, interdependent and inter-related. We believe
     in the equal importance of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights and are
     committed to their full realisation. International co-operation needs to be harnessed for the
     protection and promotion of human rights through dialogue and mutual understanding in a
     comprehensive global framework. We affirmed our willingness to discuss Human Rights in a
     comprehensive manner.

5.   We agreed that terrorism is a global phenomenon that transcends border and region and can
     target any country. We expressed the belief that there can be no justification whatsoever for
     terrorism, and we support the fight against international terrorism, wherever it occurs and
     regardless of its motives. We affirmed our commitment to the universal ratification and
     implementation of all the UN Anti-terrorism Conventions. We called upon all States to fully
     implement their commitment under UNSC Resolution No. 1373 so as to ensure that their
     territories are not used for sponsoring terrorist activities against other States. We supported
     the early conclusion and adoption of the draft Comprehensive Convention on International
     Terrorism. As democracies founded on the rule of law, India and the EU remain committed to
     ensuring compatibility of counter terrorism measures with universally accepted Human Rights
     standards and norms. We also called for progress towards the establishment of cooperation
     between Europol and Indian agencies.

6.   We expressed our common concerns about the link between cross border crimes particularly
     international drug-trafficking and terrorism and agreed to step up our common efforts to fight
     organised crimes, arms trafficking and money laundering, to combat drug abuse, international
     trafficking of illegal drugs and precursor chemicals.

7.   We look forward to the early entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol and reaffirmed the
     continued validity of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Recalling the New
     Delhi Declaration adopted at COP VIII, we agreed to work together for a successful outcome
     of COP IX, which will take place in Milan in next December.




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8.    In Afghanistan we strongly support the efforts of President Karzai's Government to promote
      national reconciliation and build a peaceful, united and independent Afghanistan. We
      expressed concern at the continuing threats to security and stability in Afghanistan and
      expressed support for all measures, including those contained in UNSC Resolution No. 1510,
      aimed at improving maintenance of peace and security and consolidation of authority in and
      outside Kabul. We remain committed to the re-construction and development of Afghanistan
      in partnership with the government and people of that country, while stressing that non-
      interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan is a crucial factor in the return of peace and
      stability.

9.    We reviewed the Middle East situation and expressed our deep concern for the resurgence of
      violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories. We called for the sincere implementation, in
      letter and spirit, of the Quartet Road Map provisions by both the parties concerned. In line
      with the Road Map provisions and the relevant UNSC Resolutions, we called for a just,
      comprehensive and lasting resolution of the conflict, envisioning a region where two States,
      Israel and Palestine, live side by side within secure and recognised borders. Such a solution
      must also encompass Israel-Syria and Israel-Lebanon tracks.

10.   We reviewed the developments in Iraq and stressed the importance of the central role to be
      played by the UN in the restoration of peace and normalcy and the re-construction and re-
      habilitation of that country. We emphasised the urgency of the adoption of a clearly laid out
      political process within a realistic time-frame, in order to allow the Iraqi people to determine
      their own political future and retain an effective control of their economic resources. We
      welcomed the UNSC Resolution No. 1511 and its request to the Iraqi Governing Council to
      report to the UN Security Council by 15th December 2003 on a timetable and a programme
      for the drafting of a new constitution for Iraq and for holding of democratic elections under
      that constitution. We are committed to contributing towards humanitarian assistance for the
      people of Iraq and reconstruction and development of that country.

11.   We support the process of seeking a negotiated settlement acceptable to all sections of Sri
      Lankan society, consistent with democracy, pluralism and respect for individual rights, within
      the framework of a united Sri Lanka and called for an early resumption of negotiations.

12.   We shared a common analysis of the situation in Nepal, where we both support a settlement
      of the crisis, based on multiparty democracy and constitutional monarchy.

13.   The EU warmly welcomed Prime Minister Vajpayee's extending the hand of friendship to
      Pakistan in April 2003 and the latest peace initiatives through a series of wide-ranging steps
      taken and proposals made for enhancing interaction between the people of the two countries
      which would be essential for creating an atmosphere of trust and cooperation. The EU
      welcomed the cease-fire recently agreed upon between both parties as a further step towards
      the normalisation of India/Pakistan relations. The EU expressed the hope that the process
      could be continued and differences between the two countries resolved peacefully through
      dialogue. We reiterated the unacceptability of use of terrorism in pursuit of political goals.
      India stated emphatically that there could be no negotiations until cross border terrorism ends.




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14.   India welcomed the Enlargement of the EU, and the ongoing discussions on its future
      evolution. We both affirmed that deepening and widening of EU would further strengthen
      relations between us. We have also agreed to remain in touch on the evolution of our
      respective Foreign, Security and Defence policies. Both sides also noted the draft EU Security
      Strategy paper and in this context the two sides agreed for further consultations as key
      partners for a strategic security relationship.

15.   We remain committed to intensifying economic dialogue at all levels with a view to
      improving substantially market access and investment.

16.   We expressed our resolve to facilitate and enhance trade by working together in a constructive
      manner in seeking speedy and amicable solutions to a number of specific trade issues
      including those relating to Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, Technical Regulations and
      Standards, and Conformity Assessment Procedures.

17.   We called for continuation of the dialogue at experts level to promote better understanding of
      Trade Defence Instruments.

18.   We welcomed the conclusions of the India-EU Business Summit and expressed our
      commitment to implement the Action Plans emanating from the 'Joint Initiative for Enhancing
      Trade & Investment'. We commended the study on the emerging opportunities from EU's
      Enlargement, and encouraged Industry to take full advantage of those opportunities. Both
      sides urged Industry to reflect on how to further develop their partnership.

19.   We agreed to launch a "Trade and Investment Development Programme" with a view to
      enhance bilateral trade and investment through the strengthening and the simplification of the
      administrative and regulatory regimes and capacity building at the government and private
      sector level.

20.   We reiterated our commitment to work towards further strengthening of the multilateral
      trading regime under the WTO. We affirmed that multilateral rules fairly agreed upon benefit
      every one. We reaffirmed that trade can play a positive role in development and that
      development should remain central to the ongoing negotiations in the WTO. We welcomed
      the support of our business communities to our dialogue on these issues. We remain
      committed to driving forward all aspects of Doha Work Programme in a balanced manner
      including improved market access and the development of WTO rules, as well as the issues of
      Special and Differential Treatment and Resolution of Implementation Related Concerns of
      particular interest to developing countries. We are committed to the successful conclusion of
      the current Doha round of negotiations as also confirmed by the Ministers of the WTO
      Members at Cancun, and we invite all WTO Members to participate actively and
      constructively to the resumption of work in Geneva.




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21.   We remain committed to creating an appropriate economic environment for trade in services
      and especially in the growth of bilateral trade and investment including through the
      facilitation of the movement of skilled persons and professionals and enhancement of
      available infrastructure.

22.   We expressed common commitment to promote shared values in education and culture by
      offering opportunities to the scholars to pursue academic activities. We agreed to launch an
      EU Scholarship Programme for the Masters and Doctoral level.

23.   We reaffirmed our commitment to the fight against poverty and noted the progress made in
      preparatory activities for two new important development initiatives, namely, Disaster
      Preparedness Programme, and a Partnership for Progress in Social Development.

24.   The vision of a vibrant Information Society and its fullest possible development is jointly
      shared by us. We decided to work together to further enhance bilateral cooperation in
      streamlining the regime for electronic communication services and designing an adequate
      regulatory framework for electronic commerce including digital signatures. We also agreed
      to jointly support the 2004 Euro-India Cooperation Forum on the Information Society that
      will be held in New Delhi on 24-26 March 2004. We strongly recommended Indian and
      European industry, business and research bodies to grasp this unique opportunity.

25.   We encouraged the scientific community to take advantage of the immense potential created
      by the Science & Technology Agreement and other available instruments.

26.   We noted the successful implementation of the Indo-EU Civil Aviation Cooperation Project
      and the Indo-EU Maritime Project. We acknowledged the importance of efficient transport
      links to trade and economic growth. We noted the launching of negotiations for an Indo-EU
      Maritime Agreement covering issues of interest to both sides.

27.   Recognising the vital importance of satellite navigation and positioning for our economies
      and societies, we agreed to cooperate in developing the GALILEO programme. We
      expressed our willingness to open negotiations to conclude an agreement between India and
      EU to formalise India’s equitable participation in the Galileo programme, starting with
      participation in the GALILEO Joint Undertaking.

28.   We expressed satisfaction at the successful conclusion of an Indo-EU Customs Cooperation
      Agreement.


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Agenda for Action:

We agree on the following agenda for action:

1.    Ensure in depth discussions on all aspects of bilateral relations between India and EU within
      the framework of our institutional architecture.

2.    Discuss Democracy and Human Rights in a comprehensive manner.

3.    Intensify cooperation to promote peace, stability and reconstruction of Afghanistan and Iraq.

4.    Increase cooperation to counter international terrorism through implementation of the
      Declaration against International Terrorism adopted at the New Delhi Summit in 2001, and
      the UNSC Resolution No. 1373. Work towards early conclusion and adoption of the
      Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and the International Convention for
      the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

5.    Promote exchanges between the Indian Parliament and the European Parliament as well as
      Civil Society interaction.

6.    Review the implementation of the Action Plans emerging from the sectoral studies conducted
      in the first two rounds of the "Joint Initiative for Enhancing Trade & Investment" and the
      study on implications of EU Enlargement.

7.    Take steps to facilitate organisation of the first India-EC Steering Committee on S&T
      cooperation and secure its approval for (i) arrangements for the implementation of the agreed
      modes of cooperation and (ii) India-EU projects and other cooperative activities.

8.    Continue high-level dialogue on multilateral trade issues.

9.    Continue dialogue at the experts level to promote better understanding of the Trade Defence
      Instruments.

10.   Enhance cooperation in the area of data protection and cyber security in the information
      society sector

11.   Find ways and means as to how best we can support and facilitate the movement of
      professionals and the enhancement of infrastructure.

12.   Launch a Euro 14 million "Trade and Investment Development Programme" to enhance
      bilateral trade and investment.

13.   Ensure an early launch of approximately Euro 30 million Scholarship Programme for the
      Masters and Doctoral level to promote academic networking.




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14.   Launch a Euro 10 million Disaster Preparedness Programme and ensure an early launch of
      two State Partnership Programmes for a total commitment of Euro 160 million.

15.   Ensure an early launch of the negotiations for an Indo-EU Maritime Agreement covering
      issues of interest to both sides.

16.   Extend ongoing bilateral project in the Civil Aviation sector.

17.   Collaborate in the development and operation of the Galileo Project.

18.   Work for early entering into force of an Indo-EU Customs Cooperation Agreement.



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