Living in uncertain times

05 December 2017 - 15:15 - 16:30
Pratik Dattani, Charles De Jager, Shada Islam, John Verzeele, Caroline Vinot

For the fifth consecutive year, Friends of Europe is delighted to take part in the Trade and Investment Partnership Summit (TIPS) organised by the Europe India Chamber of Commerce (EICC) and to co-organise the session on "India, Europe and Brexit- Living in uncertain times”.

The event is part of Friends of Europe’s Asia Programme, which looks at the political, economic and social facets of the ‘Asian century’ and provides a high-level platform for dialogue between policymakers and business leaders. Interdependence between Asia and Europe is set to grow. Our work on Asia has contributed to a new EU vision and strategy towards China, India, Japan and South-East Asia (ASEAN), as well as the wider multilateral framework provided by the Asia Europe Meeting.

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15.15 - 16.30

Policy Insight "India, Europe and Brexit – Living in uncertain times"

Britain and the European Union have started the long and painful negotiations on Britain’s exit from the Union – but the outcome of the Brexit talks remains uncertain. EU policymakers have voiced frustration at Britain’s negotiating stance on key issues such as the rights of EU citizens living in Britain and the so-called “financial settlement” or the Brexit bill while Britain’s pro-Brexit politicians and press have accused the EU of being too rigid and inflexible. While her officials do battle in Brussels and London, British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to consolidate old and new partnerships for her “Global Britain” agenda of international free trade deals to compensate for any fall in trade with the EU27. Given the lack of clarity on the outcome of the negotiations – and fears that Britain may in the end leave the EU without a deal – many businesses have started to move from Britain to new headquarters in Europe. In this scenario, India has a stake as both UK and India are keen to start a free trade agreement.                                                                            

  • What opportunities and challenges does India see in Brexit?
  • Six months after the start of Brexit negotiations, are we getting any clarity regarding the future of EU-UK-India relations?
  • Will Germany replace the UK as India’s gateway to the European Union?

Moderated by

Shada Islam, Director for Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe


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Pratik Dattani
Managing Director of EPG Economic and Strategy Consulting and Director of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (2014-2017), United Kingdom
Charles De Jager
International Trade Expert at Crowell & Moring
Shada Islam
Director Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. Shada is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations and has been selected as a fellow by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and Migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read “Frankly Speaking” commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. Shada also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.
John Verzeele
Director of Flanders Investment and Trade
Caroline Vinot
Head of Division for South Asia and Regional Affairs at the European External Action Service (EEAS)
Clotilde Sipp, Programme Manager at Friends of Europe
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