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Procedure : 2017/2025(INI)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A8-0242/2017

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 12/09/2017 - 20
CRE 12/09/2017 - 20

Votes :

PV 13/09/2017 - 9.3

Texts adopted :


Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

20. EU political relations with India (short presentation)
Video of the speeches

  Geoffrey Van Orden (ECR ). – Mr President, first of all I would like to congratulate Cristian Dan Preda on an excellent and well-balanced report which I am sure Parliament will approve and which I know will also find approval in India. Having said that, I must express some disappointment that we talk about enhanced relations with India but here we are at nearly 10.45 p.m. in an empty Chamber. The Council is not even present. Is this really the importance that we attach to relations with one of the great countries of the world, a future superpower, its economy growing at over 7% per year, an ambitious middle class of over 200 million people, a country with great skills, a government under Mr Modi that is now addressing some of the great problems of rural poverty, many areas of potential partnership. Our bilateral trade, I have to say, between European countries and India is at disappointingly low levels and there are all these other issues which Cristian Dan Preda has touched on. There is so much more to do. Is it not time that we really paid attention properly to our relations with this great country?

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