28 January, 2021

'India's Become A Major Player'

It's India's biggest trading partner and the largest donor of grant funds. Yet, most Indians seem to only recognise member-states like Germany and France more than the entity itself. Outgoing European Union (EU) ambassador Michael Barrie McGeever spe

'India's Become A Major Player'
What have been your biggest problems while working out of India for the past three years?

I wouldn't like to talk about problems or difficulties. What you've to realise is that only by coming to India can one know how large and varied the country is. I've a map of the country hung up on a wall which constantly reminds me of the enormous variety of the terrain. A lot of environmental work or cooperation in other areas is conditioned by the fact that things aren't happening just in Delhi, but in other centres of the country. Not to mention the rural areas, which is where we have concentrated in areas of development cooperation. What I would like is to cover the entire country in a private airplane and have at least double the number of people to help me than what I've got now. So it's the sheer size of the country that impresses one when trying to run a cooperative programme in any field.

What steps have you taken to project EU's image in India?
Again, it's a question of size. The efforts we can make here, at the embassy in Delhi, are obviously going...



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