Media & Reports 2021


20 October 2021

Legal Services sector in the EU-India free trade negotiation: “In the post COVID-19 world order, this is a significant development, not only from an international trade perspective, but also from the geo-politics perspective. For India, FTA with the EU has the potential of integrating it with the dominant global value chain of trade, and for the EU, FTA with India would not only provide an enhanced access to one of the largest and fastest growing markets as well as manufacturing hubs in the world and ensuring supply chain resilience but would also enhance its economic and political influence in the Indo-Pacific region” EICC Secretary General Sunil Prasad said this in a letter jointly addressed to Mr. Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Government of India and Mr. Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President and EU Commissioner for Trade, European Commission.

The letter is accompanied with a Position Paper on the liberalisation of legal sector

18 October 2021

“EU’s China policy has been a disaster for Europe and its democratic values”. Sunil Prasad, Secretary General of the Europe India Chamber of Commerce, in a letter to EU High Representative Mr. Borrell said “EU has nourished an incoherent and inconsistent policy towards China that has failed to deliver on its promises. For long, European Union has labelled China a “systemic rival” and a strategic competitor, but also has simultaneously tried to constructively engage with it and without any positive outcome. Today, the EU leaders need to review whether EU’s constructive engagement and continuing the old China policy has brought any benefit to Europe?”

EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy and its China Challenge – Letter to EU High Representative Mr. Josep Borrell

21 September 2021

EICC in a letter to the EU Vice President and High Representative Mr. Borrell said that given Pakistan’s track record of responding to genocide, invasion and proxy war, EU will be justified to sanction Pakistan for duping the EU all this while and supporting the Taliban. The Chamber asked “In addition to sanctioning Pakistan, it is important to list Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism and add it to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Blacklist”.

26 September 2021

EICC asks EU to craft a new policy to meet the challenges of China.

“A quick deal will create an incredible dynamic of innovation and material prosperity in India. We believe that given “The future of the European Union will not be decided in the corridors of Berlaymont building, nor it will be decided in the European Parliament plenaries but on the streets of the member states where the real power lies and from where the message is loud and clear: Chuck China” – EICC asks EU to craft a new policy to meet the challenges of China. See letter in the link:

25 August 2021

EICC letter to Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Commerce & Industry.

“A quick deal will create an incredible dynamic of innovation and material prosperity in India. We believe that given the ongoing stakes in the global economic disorder, New Delhi and Brussels together can lead the future of global trade by concluding the agreement” EICC urges Indian Minister for Commerce & Industry Shri Piyush Goyal to take steps to restart the stalled FTA negotiation with EU.” See letter in the link:

21 June 2021

EICC in a letter to the European Commission President asks EU to take hard line approach on China.

“If the EU fails to respond to this unprecedented challenge posed by China, the levels of trust in EU institutions and its values in democracy, and in fair trade, will see a precipitous decline. To save its founding principles, the EU must act before it is too late. The 21st century cannot be allowed to become China’s century and China cannot be allowed to become “deadlier” than the Corona”, EICC in a letter to the European Commission President asks EU to take hard line approach on China.” See the letter in the link:

01 June 2021

EICC letter to European Commission President Ms. Ursula von der Leyen on Covid and EU’s China Challenge

“The investment treaty with EU will give China and its party apparatus a “Free Pass” to weaken the role of European democratic norms and overturn vital economic and other components of order from which China itself has benefitted for decades”, the Chamber’s Secretary General said in a letter to the European Commission President. Expressing concern about the origin of the COVID-19, Chamber said “The EU is at its best when setting standards and it is high time that EU takes lead, together with international community, in developing mechanism for enforcing international scientific research safeguards and how to operate in countries like China which lacks a good regulatory and ethical review process, and where they cannot be enforced reasonably”.

04 May 2021

EICC writes to the President of the European Parliament Mr. Sassoli.

Chamber writes to the President of European Parliament Mr. Sassoli to direct European Commission to withdraw GSP plus status to Pakistan. It says that allowing Pakistan to continue benefitting from preferential EU trade rules despite strong international concerns over its human rights abuses threatens EU’s credibility and we appeal to the European Parliament to direct the European Commission to ask Pakistan to repeal the blasphemy laws, and until the law is repealed, withdraw the GSP status given to the country.

28 April 2021

EICC letter to EU President Ms. Ursula von der Leyen on India’s Covid-19 crisis.

EICC thanks European Commission President for the swift action for activating the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and mobilizing urgently needed critical medical supplies, and other assistance to India to help overcome the health crisis in the wake of the rise in COVID-19 pandemic infection rates.

12 April 2021

EICC Statement for the 16th EU-India Summit to held in Portugal on 8 May 2021

FROM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO STRATEGIC PARTNERING – EICC CALLS FOR REIMAGINING RELATION BETWEEN EUROPEAN UNION AND INDIA IN THE POST-PANDEMIC NEW WORLD ORDER

04 January 2021

EICC asks EU to kick-start the stalled free trade negotiations with India as it fears that EU and India may be sleepwalking their way to another lost decade on the FTA negotiation.