Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea

About the EU Delegation to the Republic of Korea

The Role of the Delegation

  • To represent the Union, as appropriate, in the Republic of Korea.
  • To inform the European Union on political, social, economic, external relations and trade developments in the Republic of Korea and, in this regard, to maintain contact with the principal players in the fields of politics and public life generally, the economy, business, civil society and higher education.
  • To ensure a smooth and fruitful development of bilateral relations in the political, economic, commercial and co-operation fields and to seek to develop and encourage initiatives to promote co-operation under the Framework Agreement
  • To monitor and ensure implementation of the EU-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement
  • To promote and protect the EU’s interests and values and to spread knowledge and raise awareness of developments in the EU, its policies, purposes and aims with a view to engendering a better understanding of EU affairs and establishing a higher profile for the EU.
  • To promote the EU’s policies in all areas.
  • To foster close co-operation on EU matters with Member States’ missions via regular meetings at Ambassador, Counsellor, Information and Administration Officer levels.
  • To carry out press and information activities in pursuit of the above objectives.

 

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Dear visitor,

The two months since I arrived in Korea seem to have passed very quickly, not least with the approach to the presidential election and the discussions on how the international community should respond to the continued provocations by the DPRK. During this period, I have been delighted to outreach to you, the Korean public, and develop excellent working relations with the Korean authorities and colleagues in the EU Member State embassies and other diplomatic missions.

From today, I move into full gear as I hand over my official letter of appointment (credentials) to acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn and formally begin duties as the fully fledged European Union Ambassador.

Since my arrival in Seoul I have already been engaged in three major aspects of EU foreign policy; fighting climate change; supporting policies to improve the position of women in society and helping European companies to establish long-lasting business relationships with counterparts in Asia; via related events organised by the Delegation. I have noted concerns amongst Korean friends about the increasing number of days with poor air quality. I am doing my bit by proudly using a fully electric car as my official vehicle. As I recently explained to a large group of High School students, if everyone acts, however small that individual act might be, we will make a difference to the environment. Participating in the Seoullo 7017, the transformation of a polluting car overpass into a beautiful garden bridge for pedestrians is another awareness raising action. Drop by and visit us and the Member States of the European Union at the EURO VILLAGE.

Europe Day, our equivalent of a national day on May 9 every year is a celebration of peace and unity in the European Union. This year coincides with the Korean presidential election. On the 60th anniversary of the treaty that launched the European union, it is worthwhile to recall that integration has transformed the European continent: war is now unthinkable between the EU Member States – "once we fought, now we talk" – is a concept highly relevant to today's Northeast Asia.

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Michael Reiterer

EU Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

 

Ambassador, Head of Delegation

Michael Reiterer

Head of Political Section
Joelle Hivonnet 

Head of Trade section
Paolo Caridi 

Head of Administration
Pieter Van Gemert

Press and Information Officer
Chloe Jungyoon Kim

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