Vikas Swarup, secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (West), communicated the details of the civil nuclear agreement and said that the cooperation agreement on the peaceful use of nuclear energy will allow cooperation between the Department of Atomic Energy and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). Cooperation is forged on issues such as the civil application of nuclear energy in areas such as agriculture, health and industry, radioactive waste management, fusion, safety and protection. The agreement between the European Atomic Energy Community or Euratom and Indian authorities will focus on cooperation between EU research programmes on new ways of using nuclear energy and other similar activities on the Indian side, EU officials said at a briefing for journalists. “The agreement is about cooperation in research and development on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, which has been negotiated for 13 years and can finally be cemented by the summit,” said one of the EU officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “The high-level dialogue will aim to promote the advancement of trade and investment agreements, address trade irritants and improve conditions for traders and investors on both sides, as well as discuss supply chain agreements,” said the joint statement issued after the summit. India and the EU have formalised the long-standing civil nuclear deal negotiated on cooperation between research and development in the use of nuclear energy and the 15th India-EU Summit on Wednesday launched a series of initiatives in the areas of maritime security, trade and investment, law enforcement, energy, cyberspace and artificial intelligence. In addition to the trade dialogue and a cooperation roadmap for the period up to 2025, the Summit is expected to issue a joint declaration on the circular economy and resource efficiency, the renewal of a scientific and technological cooperation agreement, the launch of a new maritime security dialogue and the development of security and defence consultations and military contacts. The police said. India and the European Union (EU) signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement on Tuesday on the eve of a virtual summit, while Europol and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are negotiating a working agreement to fight organised crime and terrorism. Trade relations are well below potential, with India accounting for less than 3% of total EU trade, they said. They added that the EU wants an ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement that would introduce strict rules, remove barriers to trade in goods and services and investment, and open up human markets.
On the Indian side, the agreement was signed by Dr. K. N. Vyas, DAE Secretary and AEC President; on the European side of Maria Gabriel, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Education. During the summit, leaders of both sides should reaffirm their strong commitment to the fight against terrorism in all its forms, EU officials said. The European Union Law Enforcement Cooperation Agency or Europol and CBI are negotiating a working agreement that will help law enforcement authorities in EU member states and India prevent and combat organised crime and terrorism, they said. Agreements between the Government of India and the European Atomic Energy Community on research and development cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy India and the EU are natural partners, Modi said at the summit. . . .