India has friends in European Parliament
The Hindustan Times - 29 May 2003
By Vijay Dutt
A number of members of the European Parliament (MEP) cutting across party lines grouped together on Tuesday to form the European Parliament Friends of India (EPFI) group in Brussels.
Dr Charles Tannock, who was elected as the group's founding president, said he was delighted with the launch of the EPFI, which would work for enhancing relations between India and the European Parliament. The group is a cross-party initiative supported by MEPs from all EU member states.
Dr Tannock said "In the next 20 years India is due to overtake China as the world's most populous country. I am delighted to launch the Friends of India Group, which will provide a platform within the European Parliament to promote friendship and understanding of India."
The other founding MEPs are Jo Leinen co-president and vice presidents John Hume, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Jose Ribeiro e Castro and Olivier Depuis.