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Call to boost Europe ties

A visiting delegation of the European Commission has called for immediate action to boost commercial, governmental and cultural ties between India and Europe.

As India’s biggest trading partner, the bloc of 15 European Union (EU) nations accounts for over a quarter of India’s imports and exports, and remains the largest international donor to development projects in India.

Newly-appointed British deputy high commissioner Andrew Hall cited the EU as a potential model for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).

“Many of the problems the EU faced in pooling sovereignty and boosting economic cooperation remain important issues here,” he said.

Anil Patni of the Commission stressed the EU’s importance to India in conducting negotiations with the WTO.

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