The ninth European Union/India Summit was held in Marseille, France, on September 29, 2008. The EU was represented by Nicolas Sarkozy in his capacity as President of the European Council; José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission; Javier Solana, High Representative for the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy; France’s Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner; Anne Marie Idrac, French Secretary of State for External Trade; and European Commissioner for Trade Peter Mandelson. India was represented by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh; Shri Kamal Nath, Minister for Commerce and Industry; and national security adviser Shri M. K. Narayanan.
The leaders discussed regional situations, global issues, and the strengthening of EU-India relations.
The joint EU-India press release notes that culture was brought up during discussions on bilateral relations between the European Union and India: “The EU and India announced their intention to promote dialog and cooperation in education and culture.” With regard to education, the press release continues, “areas identified for this purpose include vocational training, technical education, recognition of qualifications, the modernization of higher education with emphasis on quality, transparency, and partnership, and the promotion of languages.
“In the field of culture, particular focus will be placed on the implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions [and] the promotion of intercultural dialog and multilingualism, including through mutual TV broadcasts.”
Finally, the press release notes that joint declarations will be signed between the Commission and India to implement the objectives to come out of the summit.
To find out more about the discussions that took place between the European Union and India, we invite you to read the joint EU-India press release issued at the end of the summit.