Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea

About the EU Delegation to the Republic of Korea

10/05/2016 - 15:02
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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,

The year 2018 has brought more change and change at a speed we have not expected: Sports diplomacy resulted in the participation of North Korea in both the Olympics and Paralympics and will see soon summits of Kim Jong-un with President Moon and President Trump. The EU not only welcomed these developments but also engaged actively – Foreign Minister Kang was invited by the EU High Representative Mogherini to address all EU foreign ministers in Brussels, the Secretary General of the EU’s diplomatic service, the European External Action Service, followed up with a successful visit to Seoul. The EU’s policy of “Critical engagement” e.g. maximum pressure while keeping lines of communication open to achieve the denuclearisation of the Peninsula has become mainstream politics.

The PyeongChang Olympics and Paralympics were also a sports highlight. We admired the athletes of the Paralympics,

">brought school classes to events and organised an awareness raising seminar for journalists concerning those who have to overcome disabilities. I am looking forward to the results of competition of journalists having written the best article on this issue.

As 2018 marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the EU and the Republic of Korea we have chosen a logo created by a student participating in the {"service":"smk","type":"single","id":"882863928027381760","display_user":true,"display_user_pic":true,"auto_expand_photo":true,"auto_expand_video":true,"render":true}">EU Goes to School project – a real bottom up approach by the next generation! We shall use the logo also for the bilateral summit which will take place in conjunction with the ASEM summit the EU will host in Brussels.

In the near future we shall meet another request by President Moon when sending the special envoy to Brussels in organising a seminar on Social Dialogue.

The next Gateway Business Mission will deal with European design – we are confident that we will have again a good turnout like at the last Mission on health care and medical technologies  which will translate into business opportunities.  

We continue applying the mutually beneficial Free Trade Agreement and are committed with Korea to maintain the multilateral trading system. A ministerial meeting in January between MOTIE Minister Kim and European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom confirmed close cooperation.

My hope expressed here a few months ago, to find in cooperation with our Korean colleagues quickly a solution to the listing of Korea as a non-cooperative jurisdiction for tax purposes, realised and we have to continue working on to solve the matter.

Thank you for stopping by at this website, note the new address.  You can also find us on our FacebookTwitter and Naver Blog or follow my personal impressions on Twitter.

Michael Reiterer

Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea

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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