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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.
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:
Enjoy spring before the hot summer settles in!
Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea