India and the EU, as the largest democracies in the world, share common values and
beliefs that make them natural partners in the modern inter-connected world. We share a
common commitment to democracy, pluralism, human rights and the rule of law and seek
to pursue economic progress and prosperity for our peoples in a peaceful, stable and secure
global environment.

The fifth Summit at The Hague on 8 November 2004 endorsed the India-EU Strategic
Partnership. This is a qualitative transformation in the way we engage as equal partners
and work together in partnership with the world at large. Today in Delhi, at the sixth
India-EU Summit, we commit ourselves to strengthened dialogue and engagement as
Strategic Partners.

In acknowledgement of our Strategic Partnership and our shared responsibility to
contribute to international peace, security and prosperity, we today adopt a comprehensive
and forward looking Action Plan.

Political Dialogue and Cooperation

• We recognize the fact that terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to
international peace and security, and reaffirm our condemnation of all acts of terrorism
in all its forms and manifestations as criminal and unjustifiable, irrespective of their
motives. As part of our joint efforts to fight terrorism, we will establish contacts
between the Indian and EU Counter Terrorism Coordinators, work towards blocking
access to terrorist financing and co-operate in the fight against money laundering.

• We hold a common belief in the fundamental importance of multilateralism and in the
essential role of the United Nations for maintaining international peace and security,
promoting the economic and social advancement of all people and meeting global
threats and challenges.We will work closely to promote effective multilateralism and
strengthen UN peacekeeping and peace building through exchanging best practice and
engaging in joint training.

• We will establish an EU-India security dialogue on global and regional security issues,
disarmament and non-proliferation.

• We will work together to uphold human rights in a spirit of equality and mutual respect.

Economic Dialogue and Cooperation; Trade and Investment

• We will establish a High Level Trade Group to explore ways of increasing bilateral
economic flows, including discussions on the possible launch of bilateral negotiations
on a comprehensive trade and investment agreement. Within this framework we agree
to explore the scope of a possible investment agreement.

• We will aim to enhance significantly EU’s development co-operation in social sectors,
specifically in the universalisation of elementary education (Sarva Siksha Abhiyan) and
the National Rural Health Mission of the Government of India.

• We will launch an India-EU Initiative on Clean Development and Climate Change, with
the aim of promoting cleaner technologies and their use.

• We will build on our cooperation in the energy sector to develop more efficient, cleaner
and alternative energy chains and work to secure India’s membership in the ITER
nuclear fusion project.

• We will strengthen our collaboration in science and technology, especially by looking to
co-sponsor collaborative research projects in areas such as genomics, nanotechnology
and high-energy physics. In biotechnology we will cooperate in confronting the global
challenges posed by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

• We will conclude a framework agreement on India’s participation in Galileo Satellite
Navigation Systems.

• We will work towards an agreement on Maritime Transport and launch acomprehensive dialogue on Civil Aviation.

• We will encourage business-to-business contacts, including holding a Business Round Table, along with Business Summits.

• We will continue to work closely together to achieve a successful Hong Kong
Ministerial Conference that delivers an ambitious package allowing completion of the
Doha Development Agenda in 2006

Bringing together People and Cultures

• We will hold dialogues on migration and consular issues in the context of the
opportunities and challenges flowing from the large-scale movement of people between

• We will increase educational co-operation through the facilitation of academic
exchanges, such as Erasmus Mundus, and through encouraging the development of EU
studies in India and Indian studies in the EU.

• We will continue to support civil society dialogue and the EU-India Round Table.

New Delhi, 7 September 2005