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India, EU to discuss energy cooperation

The talks would focus on market access for European and Indian firms in energy sector, and energy market reforms.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2006 16:00 IST

As part of the steps to intensify bilateral ties in the energy sector, India and the European Union will discuss key issues of mutual interest during the first joint industrial energy conference scheduled in April.

Energy security, promotion of renewable sources, and energy efficient technologies would be high on agenda during the interactions, senior officials said.

European Energy Commissioner Andris Pielbalgs and Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde are scheduled to inaugurate the first India-EU Industrial Conference on Energy on April 6, 2006.

To prepare for next month's meeting, the two countries discussed issues related to energy efficiency, renewable energies, coal and clean coal conversion technologies under the ambit of two working groups set up for this purpose as part of India-EU Energy Panel.

Next month's interactions would centre around two important areas - mutual market access for European and Indian firms in energy sector, and energy market reforms, they said, adding that talks would also cover steps to boost cooperation in research, environmental policies and investment climate.

The two sides have identified six niche areas in energy sector. These include renewable sources such as solar and wind, energy efficiency, power transmission and distribution network, LNG infrastructure and generation technologies.

The panel had set up three working groups - the third being in fusion energy which is discussing India's membership in international thermonuclear reactor project.