May 11, 2022

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen begins India tour | News | DW

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrived in India on Sunday as part of a two-day visit aimed at strengthening ties between the European Union and India.

She began her tour with lectures on energy issues and a visit to the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, where she met young climate activists.

The European bloc is on the road to climate neutrality with the European Green Deal, von Der Leyen said on Twitter after the talks.

“But Europe alone will not save our planet. This is a global effort, and we must work with India. And we are counting on you, the young people, to continue to fight for the climate”, he said. she tweeted.

Von der Leyen is also to address the International Solar Alliance, the European Commission said.

She will meet political and business representatives later in the evening.

Ukraine on the agenda

On Monday, the EU chief will hold a bilateral dialogue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The war in Ukraine will likely be a key talking point during von der Leyen’s visit, as India has not officially condemned the Russian invasion.

She will also meet Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

“India and the European Union share a vibrant strategic partnership which has seen strong growth with broader and deeper cooperation in policy and strategy, trade and commerce, climate and sustainability, digital and technology, as well as people-to-people ties,” India’s External Affairs Ministry said in a statement ahead of von der Leyen’s visit.

Trade, connectivity and security are also among the issues on the agenda of the EU chief in New Delhi.

Before leaving for New Delhi, von der Leyen praised EU-India relations.

Brussels and New Delhi have “built a solid friendship” over the past 60 years and want to take their cooperation “to the next level”, she said on Twitter.

The visit is von Der Leyen’s first official tour of India.