1st Virtual Exchange | 2023 EU-India Young Leaders Exchange

On Wednesday, June 7th, 2023, the 1st Virtual Exchange of the 2023 EU-India Young Leaders Exchange took place with the support of the European Union in the context of the EU Policy and Outreach Partnership (EUPOP) in India.

The event was opened by Dr. Giulia Tercovich, EUPOP Project Coordinator for Research Outreach, followed by welcoming remarks on “The Strategic Importance of EU-India cooperation” by Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the Delegation of EU to India and Bhutan. The event featured a panel discussion on “Current priorities, challenges and opportunities within the context of EU-India relations” moderated by Dr. Giulia Tercovich. The panelists included Ms. Priya Poojary, Lecturer at Manipal Centre for European Studies, and Dr. Constantino Xavier, Fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, who delved into the main features, priorities, challenges, and opportunities of the EU-India Strategic Partnership. Following this, selected participants for the 2023 EU-India Young Leaders Exchange were invited to take part in a brainstorming session that synthesized the main conclusions from the 1st Virtual Exchange.

The cohort of 20 Young leaders was selected through a competitive selection process that assessed over 90 applications. In the next months they will reflect and discuss the challenges and opportunities of the EU-India relationship. This exercise will result in the creation of a policy brief that will provide policy recommendations. This brief will be presented to experts and policymakers at the end of the year at the margin of the Brussels Indo-Pacific Dialogue.

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This event forms part of the EU Policy and Outreach Partnership (EUPOP) in India, an initiative that is financially supported by the European Union.