Towards an EU-India Partnership on Urbanisation

By Gauri Khandekar (08/15/2015) Policy Brief

More than a decade since the EU-India strategic partnership was launched, there is more pessimism than promise about its future. With bilateral FTA talks at an impasse and minimal cooperation on foreign policy issues, the EU-India strategic partnership is in desperate need of a relaunch. As India strongly pursues its urban development agenda and transformation to a global manufacturing hub, an EU-India Partnership on Urbanisation could prove truly transformative for the strategic partnership. Such a partnership would not only open up significant mutually beneficial opportunities thereby circumventing jammed FTA negotiations, but would also reinstate the strategic quotient in the partnership.