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Think Tanks Workshop Organised Under Scope of AETS-Led Project

Think Tanks Workshop Organised Under Scope of AETS-Led Project

AETS is currently implementing the project “Public Diplomacy in India” funded by the European Union (EU), and under the scope of this project a think tanks workshop, entitled “EU and India – Partners for Stability in a New International Environment”, was organised on the 13th of September in New Delhi.


The workshop was part of the previously established EU-India Think Tanks Twinning Initiative, which aims to convene accomplished members of both the EU and India to develop ideas to consolidate the EU-India partnership, through continued cooperation. For the initiative’s implementation, joint projects are envisioned which should encourage interaction between the different think tanks resulting in a better understanding of the EU in India and vice versa. This EU-initiative, which was launched in 2015 has already held numerous events throughout 2015 and 2016, and is now extending its duration for the 2018-2019 period. For this renewed period, 5 consortia of EU-India think tanks have been selected to participate in various joint research projects, publications and events, such as the abovementioned AETS-organised workshop.


The workshop was attended by numerous prominent speakers and participants, which included more than 10 EU ambassadors. Ruchi Ghanshyam, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs in India, delivered the keynote address highlighting the innate nature of the EU and India partnership, given that both share the same values and commitment to democracy, rule of law and multilateralism. The ambassador of the European Union to India, Tomasz Kozlowski, further noted that the EU will strengthen the global network of partnership with India. Representatives of the consortiums also took to the floor, presenting their findings and respective recommendations identified during their research.


The workshop was widely attended and included over 100 participants from the government, EU member states, academia and the media.