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PM to visit Helsinki for India-EU summit in Oct

The two heads of government will give renewed political impetus to the further implementation of the action plan.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 11:33 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet his Finnish counterpart Matti Vanhanen in Helsinki for the seventh India-EU summit on October 13 during which the two sides are expected to discuss a range of issues including fight against terrorism and cooperation in scientific research and technology Finland holds the 25-nation European Union's rotating presidency until the end of this year.

The two heads of government will give renewed political impetus to the further implementation of the action plan, adopted by Singh and British Premier Tony Blair at the sixth India-EU summit, held in New Delhi last September.

The action plan provides for the establishment of a wide-ranging strategic partnership between India and the EU, and marks the high point of a relationship stretching back to the early 1960s.

Singh and Vanhanen are also expected to discuss a range of political issues including the fight against terrorism. In this connection the EU has already put a number of terrorist organisations notified to it by India on its proscribed list.

Cooperation in scientific research and technology has also emerged as a key element in India-EU relations.

According to India News in Europe Programme, the Helsinki summit will look at cooperation between India and the EU in the EU's satellite navigation system, Galileo, and in co-sponsored research projects in such areas as genomics, nano-technology and high-energy physics.

First Published: Aug 06, 2006 11:33 IST