The EU delegation in the Republic of Korea is one of the 137 EU diplomatic missions located around the world.
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During the half last year of my stay in the Republic of Korea I have witnessed many developments – impeachment, elections, the formation of a new government, the April tensions on the Peninsula and the continued tensions with the North. Some friends jokingly ask me what else I can expect during the rest of my tenure!
I expect actually a lot: I expect that the continuous efforts by the newly elected President Moon will exercise leadership in finding a solution through peaceful means. The EU has reaffirmed its policy of Critical Engagement combining pressure while keeping communication and dialogue channels open and expressed its readiness to support such a process in consultation with key partners. Having sent for the first time a special envoy also to the European Union President Moon signalled his interest in enhancing cooperation with the EU not only in terms of foreign policy but also in studying the European social model.
In my out-reach activities I have started meeting representatives from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who continues his engagement for fighting climate change and pushing education as an important means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The last Gateway Business Mission concentrating on water and waste technologies drew a large number of visitors and hopefully contributes to the enhancing the business relations between the EU and the Republic of Korea. I am also proud to say that we stand firm with our Korean partners in applying the mutually beneficial Free Trade Agreement and the multilateral trading system. Europe is open for business as is Korea and thereby we strengthen the trust in the multilateral trading system.
Right after the summer the EU-Korea Trade Committee will meet at ministerial level to take stock of the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement, in conjunction the ASEM Trade Ministers' meeting which Korea is hosting.
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EU Ambassador to the Republic of Korea