Freedom of expression, in all its forms, is the very essence of democracy. Only with a thriving, free and independent media landscape, we can hold governments, businesses and society at large accountable. And precisely for this fundamental right, far too often, journalists and media workers are attacked, persecuted, harassed, or intimidated for carrying out their work. Most journalists are not wounded in the heat of war coverage, but suffer violence in our immediate surroundings. In 2018 alone, 94 journalists and media staff were killed in work-related incidents as reported by the International Federation of Journalists. Hundreds more have been subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention without ever having been tried in a court.
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP) and the Korea Fair Trade Commission (FTC) will hold a conference titled "Competition Law Enforcement in the Digital Economy" in Seoul. This half-day event is open to public.
EU Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Michael Reiterer delivered an opeening speech at 2019 Asia-Europe Creative Innovation Cities Alliance Mayors' Summit held in Gwangju on 28 October. Following is the full text of the speech.
With European prosperity and Asian peace and security closely connected, the European Union has decided to strengthen its security cooperation in and with Asia. This is also in line with the steps taken by the EU in the past years to strengthen its role as a global security provider: Europe and Asia share a fundamental interest in upholding the rules-based international system, as well as the view that the challenges the world faces today go beyond national borders and cannot be tackled alone. The EU-Asia security partnership is therefore both desirable and necessary.
The 2019 EU-Korea Research & Innovation Day will take place at the Millennium Hilton Seoul Hotel on Wednesday, 30 October, 2019. As a flagship event to enhance EU-Korea R&I cooperation, we will provide you with EU's up-to-date R&I information, accessible funding programmes, as well as practical and detailed guideline to initiate multilateral cooperation with European partners. Do not miss this great opportunity to cooperate with the best players in Europe!
This brochure looks at the opportunities offered by the European Union's Erasmus+ Programme to higher education institutions and their staff, researchers and students based in Erasmus+ Partner Countries outside the European Union. It also explains how students, doctoral candidates and staff from higher education institutions all over the world can apply for a grant or scholarship to come to study or teach in Europe. Study scholarships can cover an entire Master degree course. Grants can fund shorter study periods in Europe that count towards a degree back home. This brochure will provide you with basic information on the programme. It will guide you through the first steps of how to apply for these opportunities and where to go for further information.