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 140 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,

Spring has finally arrived – I enjoy the many blossoms in and round Seoul!

Europe Day 2019 celebrations on May 9 in Korea will focus on the 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet Chairs and Networks of Excellence – the five chairs at Korea University, Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and Pusan National University will join hands with us for a commemorative seminar and reception at Korea University. Together with Erasmus+ scholarship program the chairs are instrumental in spreading information about the EU and contribute greatly to research on the EU.

While the North Korea related summitry continues – with the expected ups and downs of a complicated and historically charged negotiating process – attention for economy is catching up political life.

At the annual meeting of the EU-Korea Trade Committee on Ministerial level there was consensus that the Free Trade Agreement was highly successful in boosting trade between the two partners during the last 8 years. There was movement on the Korean side to examine more closely how best to modernise the Agreement which used to be the state of the art, before the EU concluded the important FTAs with Canada and Japan.

  • As the EU is the largest foreign investor in Korea an investment chapter could be added – the international discussion about the most suitable form of dispute settlement prevents so far an agreement.
  • Market access issue, mostly related to sanitary issues with beef as the core problem, made some progress but should be dealt with expeditiously in a package.
  • Korea signing the four outstanding core ILO Conventions remains a contentious point – after eight years the Moon Administration makes serious efforts to implement its obligation but has political problems to deliver because of the blocked social dialogue in Korea. We shall continue supporting the government in its efforts.
  • We have also delivered on our cooperation on the Small and Medium Sized Companies and started a SME Dialogue in January – to exchange best practices in policy making and job creation. The Gateway Business Mission program continues attracting European SMEs to Korea; we are looking forward to welcome Contemporary European Design companies.

In implementing security cooperation in and with Asia Korea continues its participation in the operation ATALANTA, assuring safety for the shipping lanes of the coast of Somalia. We are also reaching out to the Korean defense community. The comprehensive Connectivity strategy covering infrastructure for all modes of transport, energy as well as people are part of our comprehensive approach to security.

Supporting multilateralism, fostering rule of law remain the underlying policies, not least to preserve a cooperative liberal international order from which we have and continue to profit in terms of economics and security. In times of mounting protectionism and populism the EU-Korea Strategic Partnership is challenged to deliver on these global commons in mutual interest.

Having collectively experienced bad air quality and unhealthy concentrations of fine dust we have launched the EU-Korea Climate Action (Korean) aiming to assist non-government actors in Europe and Korea to work together and to push governments into action.

If you are a frequent visitor to our website you have realised that we are implementing our New Year’s resolutions to enhance information:

  • We have beefed up the Korean version, providing you up-to-date infos more regularly and timely. The Press Section is also a source of information for our friends from the media (Korean).
  • More dynamic information you find on our social media accounts FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Naver Blog. If you want to receive our newsletter, please click here.  Furthermore, you are welcome to follow my personal impressions on Twitter and Instagram.
  • If you are interested in more detailed information about the EU please check out “Europe in 12 Lessons” on the EU in English or Korean!

Enjoy spring before the hot summer settles in!


Michael Reiterer

Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea


CV of EU Ambassador Michael Reiterer


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Ambassador, Head of Delegation

Michael Reiterer

Head of Political Section
Joelle Hivonnet 

Head of Trade section
Nicholas Burge

Head of Administration
Pieter Van Gemert

Press and Information Officer
Chloe Jungyoon Kim

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