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June 12-15, 2017:  Hon’ble Chief Justice of India Mr. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Hon'ble Judge of the Supreme Court of India, Mr. Justice Madan B. Lokur paid a visit to Belgium from June 12 - 15 on the invitation of the Constitutional Court of Belgium. CJI & Judge met the Presidents of the various Courts of Belgium as also called on the Presidents of the Belgian Senate Mrs. Christine Defraigne and President of the House of Representatives, Mr. Siegfreid Bracke. 

May 16-19, 2017:  Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma visited the Federal Region of Wallonia, Belgium from May 16-19, 2017. Chief Minister was accompanied by a High Level Delegation which included the Commissioner & Secretary to Chief Minister and Agriculture & Allied Departments in the Govt. of Meghalaya, Mr. Sampath Kumar. The Indian Delegation led by Chief Minister visited various organizations in Wallonia and explored the possibility of collaboration in agriculture, health care, sports, science & technology, urban development, eco-system management, sustainable business, environment and art & culture. 

April 24-28, 2017:   Secretary of State for Foreign Trade of Belgium, Mr. Pieter De Crem led a Trade delegation to Mumbai and Ahmedabad in India from April 24-28, 2017. Mr. Crem’s visit marked the formal inauguration of the Brussels-Mumbai Passenger Air Services operated by Brussels Airlines. Direct flights of Brussels Airlines have been operating five times a week on this route since March 30, 2017. This new route is the only direct air connection between India and Belgium.  During his visit, Mr. De Crem attended the opening of a new office of HRD Antwerp as well as the signature of an investment of the Belgian company Bekaert in Mumbai. In Ahmedabad, Mr. De Crem opened a new Belgian Honorary Consulate and visited the Indian Institute for Public Health Gandhinagar. Mr. Hari Sankaran is the new Honorary Consul of Belgium in Ahmedabad, India. Belgium has expanded its diplomatic representation in India with the opening of the Honorary Consulate in Ahmedabad.  It is noteworthy that Belgium already has Consulates-General in Mumbai and Chennai and an Honorary Consulate Kolkata. 

April 24, 2017 : The First meeting of the Coordination Committee of the Belgian Yoga Group for the celebrations of the International Day of Yoga in Belgium in the week of June 17-25, 2017 was held under the Chairmanship of the Charge d’ Affaires Mr. Rakesh K. Arora, at this Embassy on April 24, 2017.


April 21-22, 2017:  European Union High Representative and Vice- President H.E. Ms. Federica Mogherini paid  an official visit to India from 21-22 April, 2017. 


High Representative called on Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. She held delegation level talks with External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri M J Akbar. 


The talks were held in a friendly and cooperative atmosphere with exchange of views on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to deepening their Strategic Partnership. They reviewed progress on the commitments made during 13th India-EU Summit in Brussels in March 2016 including in the areas of counter-terrorism, migration and mobility, water partnership, clean energy and climate change action. 


Condemning the terror attack in Paris the day before( April 20), External Affairs Minister emphasised that terrorism was the gravest threat to humanity today and both India and EU should strengthen their cooperation to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and demonstrate their firm resolve to show zero-tolerance for such acts. 


EU is one of India’s largest trading partners with bilateral trade in goods reaching US $ 85 billion in 2016. EU is also the largest destination for Indian exports and a key source of investment and cutting edge technologies. India seeks enhanced level of investments from EU companies in its flagship programmes like Clean India, Namami Gange, Skill India, Start-Up India, Smart Cities, renewable energy and next-generation infrastructure. Both sides also discussed ways to take forward the India-EU Broad Based Trade and Investment Agreement. 


As the two largest democracies of the world, India and the EU are natural partners. India greatly values its multi-faceted strategic partnership with European Union and the two seek to strengthen multilateralism and rules-based global order for the peace and prosperity for one and all.


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