1st-ever India-EU Security and Defence Consultations held in Brussels

1st-ever India-EU Security and Defence Consultations held in Brussels – First-ever India-European Union (EU) Security and Defence Consultations were held in Brussels on June 10, 2022, in accordance with the decision taken at India-EU Summit in July 2020.

  • Joint secretary of Ministry of Defence Somnath Ghosh and Joint Secretary (Europe West) of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Sandeep Chakravorty from India and Director Security and Defence Policy, from European Union co-chaired Consultations.
  • 1st-ever India-EU Security and Defence Consultations witnessed the evolving security situation in Europe, Indo-Pacific and India’s neighbourhood.

Maritime Security Dialogue

  • The Maritime Security Dialogue was held in February 2022, for the second time.
  • First-ever joint naval exercises between India and the EU were held in June 2021.
  • India and the EU focused on increasing India-EU cooperation on maritime security, cooperation in co-development, co-production of defence equipment, implementation of the European code of conduct on arms export to the neighbourhood of India, cooperation in co-development and India’s participation in PESCO.
  • India and the EU also agreed to boost India-EU defence and security cooperation as an important pillar of bilateral strategic relations.

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