Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea

About the EU Delegation to the Republic of Korea

10/05/2016 - 15:02
About us - structure and organisation

The  EU delegation in the  Republic of  Korea is one of the 142 EU diplomatic missions located around the world.

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.


Dear visitor

The world has changed abruptly – in a matter of weeks the whole world moved from normality to crisis, in a new and ugly side of globalisation. The degree of preparedness and the speed of recognising and reacting to the situation has varied from country to country and continent to continent. International relations and very quickly personal relationships have been put to the test as lock-downs have become normal in many countries. Fortunately, the Republic of Korea has avoided a total lock down with social distancing working so far.

Our host country, the Republic of Korea admirably addressed the initial challenge of the mass outbreak in Daegu, with citizens demonstrating solidarity and resilience. The government moved innovatively into crisis mode and management and in the last few weeks has flattened the curve of new infections. It is essential that we all do what we can to contribute to strengthening this positive trend.

While we all need to bring our own houses in order, we will not succeed alone: The EU is doing all it takes to combat the coronavirus crisis in Europe. At the same time, it is in the EU’s interest to show solidarity with the rest of the world. A strong and global European response is not only a matter of upholding our core values, but equally of pursuing our strategic interests – "Team Europerepresents this collective effort.

A pandemic needs a global answer: The virus does not discriminate between people and knows no borders. A virus has no passport that can be invalidated. This crisis requires a fast, massive and coordinated global response to protect all people, save lives and tackle the economic fallout. "Going it alone all but guarantees that the fight will last longer, and that the human and economic costs will be far higher" as the High Representative Josep Borrell put it.

Therefore, this is the time for international solidarity and leadership, not isolation; to reach out more internationally, not less; to provide transparency and facts, and counter disinformation.

From the initial stages of the crisis, the EU has worked with the Korean authorities to exchange information and best practices, to help identify producers of testing kits and medical devices, to assist in establishing contacts as well as moving forward with common research on a  vaccine and cure. 

More than €3.5 trillion have been earmarked by the European institutions through various initiatives and programmes in order to help people and businesses, especially SMEs, overcome this enormous task – let's stand together.

Let’s  stay safe and healthy and hopefully meet up again soon in person!

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Michael Reiterer

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Austrian citizen, born 1954 in Innsbruck


2017-present                       Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the European Union to the Republic of Korea

2012 – 2016                           Principal Advisor, Asia and Pacific Department, European External Action Service (EEAS), Brussels

2007 - 2011                            EU-Ambassador to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, Bern

2002 - 2006                            Minister, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Japan, Tokyo

1998 - 2002                            ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Counselor, Department for External Relations, European Commission, Brussels

1997 - 1998                     Minister Counselor, Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union, Brussels; Counsellor at the European Economic and Social Committee.

1992 - 1997                        Deputy Director General, Department for European Integration and Trade Policy, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna

1996 - 1997                            Co-chair/trade of the Joint Session of the trade and environment experts, OECD, Paris

1996                                         Panelist at the World Trade Organization (WTO)

1990 - 1992                            Counselor, Austrian Permanent Representation to the GATT, Geneva

1989 - 1995                            Negotiator, GATT Uruguay Round, on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economics, Vienna

1985 - 1988                            Deputy Austrian Trade Commissioner for Japan, Tokyo

1982 - 1985                            Deputy Austrian Trade Commissioner for Western Africa, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

1981                                         Trainee, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna

1980                                         Researcher, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva


Academic career

2005                                         Adjunct professor for international politics, University of Innsbruck (venia docendi)

1979 - 1981                            Diploma in international relations, Graduate Institute for International Studies, Geneva

1978 - 1979                Diploma in international relations, Johns Hopkins University – School for Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center

1973 - 1978                            Doctorate in law, University of Innsbruck

Ambassador, Head of Delegation

Michael Reiterer

Head of Political Section
Joelle Hivonnet 

Head of Trade section
Christophe Besse

Head of Administration
Gabrielle Hutcheson

Press and Information Officer
Chloe Jungyoon Kim

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