India and the European Union are preparing for a summit next month in Brussels, hoping to boost investments for the Modi Government’s flagship projects, including Smart Cities, and frame robust security partnership. The summit will also give a political push to the proposed Free Trade Area agreement.
“The summit is likely to see EU announce support for PM’s flagship projects, including Smart Cities, Skill India, Digital India and Make in India. Counter-terror and security partnership will also be a priority, according to a source. Deradicalisation programme for extremists and the situation in West Asia would also be included in the summit agenda.
The 13th bilateral summit could be held during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US for attending the Nuclear Security Summit on March 31-April 1. The 12th India-EU annual summit was held in New Delhi in 2012, the first after the Lisbon Treaty.