Luxembourg help sought

New Delhi, March 28 | Updated: Mar 29 2005, 05:30am hrs
India has sought Luxembourgs co-operation in addressing non-trade barriers of mounting stringency being imposed by the EU in the form of non-harmonisation of standards, cumbersome and complex rules and procedures and frequent use of trade defence instruments.

In his key-note address at the partnership summit on India-Luxembourg: forging ahead organised by the Ficci, minister of state for commerce and industry EVKS Elangovan said Indian exporters had been facing opposition in EU on grounds of sanitary & phytosanitary and health standards. He said since Luxembourg held the presidency of EU, it should play a lead role in sorting out these problems.

The minister pointed out to the visiting minister for economy & foreign trade of Luxembourg Jeannot Krecke that India was among the worlds largest producers and providers of quality services. The EU, with a large aging population, would need the services of professionals and entrepreneurs with expertise in the fields of health, IT and engineering, he said.