Brussels Daily
20 Nov 2018


Brussels Daily


The European Union shapes its ambitious strategy on India

Today, the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU’s vision for a strategy to strengthen cooperation and the partnership with India. “India is a key player in our interconnected world“, said High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini. “We want to further reinforce our political, economic and people-to-people ties with India in order to address together global challenges, to promote together economic growth and to expand together business opportunities. The EU and India are committed to seize opportunities to support and promote effective multilateralism and solutions whenever peace and stability are in danger.” The Commission and the High Representative are proposing that the European Union engages more regularly with India as an emerging global power and with a key role in the current multipolar world. Implementing effective multilateralism and global economic governance, as well as working jointly for international peace and stability will be among the EU’s most pressing objectives with India. In addition, the Joint Communication addresses the challenge of sustainable growth and modernisation, where the European Union will look to work with India more closely both on the bilateral agenda, as well as to tackle global challenges such as climate change, ocean governance, and a rules-based global trade regime. The Joint Communication, which proposes that the EU considers the possibility to negotiate with India a Strategic Partnership Agreement, is available online. A full press release, a detailed memo and a factsheet are also available.

Support for the euro is at record high among citizens in euro area

The Eurobarometer survey published today shows that support for the euro among citizens in euro area Member States is at a record high for the second year in a row. The survey reveals that 74% of citizens in the euro area say that having the euro is a good thing for the EU as a whole. This is the highest level since this question was first asked in 2010. Nearly two-thirds of citizens (64%) believe that having the euro is a good thing for their country. The trend since 2002 shows the proportion of respondents who think having the euro is a good thing for their country has consistently increased each year since 2007. It reached the highest level ever in 2017 when it increased by eight percentage points on 2016, and has been maintained at that level this year. 27% of citizens say that the euro makes them feel more European than before. Whilst this is still the minority view, this is the highest figure since 2007. 69% of citizens believe that there should be more coordination on economic policy among euro area Member States. This represents an increase of two percentage points on the 2017 figure. More than three-quarters of citizens (78%) agree that there is a need for significant reforms to improve economic performances. The Commission regularly conducts surveys measuring public perceptions of the euro among citizens living in the euro area Member States. This is the seventeenth such survey since 2002. The full publication is available here. More information on the Eurobarometer is available here.

Read the European Commission – Daily News in full here

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