Michael Reiterer, Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to the Republic of Korea (RoK) was received by the National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug at the Speaker's office on Friday, 31 July. Speaker Park expressed his appreciation for the EU Ambassador's contribution to the EU-RoK relations. During the meeting, Park said he is grateful for the EU's consistent support for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and the improvement of inter-Korean relations. Read more
The EU Ambassador to the RoK Michael Reiterer spoke about the European Green Deal and discussed the EU-RoK cooperation in the area of climate change and Green New Deal, at the National Assembly on 30 July 2020. This dialogue was organised by the Green New Deal study group of the National Assembly of Korea, the EU Delegation to the RoK and the EU-Korea Climate Action Team.
In order to assure continuity of cooperation, the EU Ambassador to the RoK Reiterer called on the newly appointed Director General for International Cooperation Bureau at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Mr. Lee Sang-Man, who has served in Brussels and gained first-hand experience in working with the EU institutions should be a valuable partner to advance market access – an issue also taken up at the recent virtual summit between President Moon Jae-in and the Presidents of the European institutions, Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen in order to accelerate the decade-long process.
The European Commission adopted on 20 May 2020 a Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system (see Annex). This addresses the challenges and opportunities arising when making food systems sustainable and recognises the inextricable links between healthy people, healthy societies and a healthy planet. The strategy is also central to the European Commission’s agenda to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Read more
EU Gateway to Korea(link is external) successfully concluded its exhibition on Contemporary European Design with 43 firms from 15 EU Member States. This first hybrid business meeting was held for four days from 20 July to 23 July and the exhibition was held at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul on 21-22 July. EU Ambassador to the RoK Michael Reiterer visited the exhibition and gave a speech on the nature of the hybrid format of the exhibition and its business effect. The exhibition not only displayed interior design products but also had booths for one on one virtual meetings. Despite the current situation, participants were able to see the actual products and have meeting with European firms online. See more
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Republic of Korea (RoK) is calling for 50 talented college and graduate student-applicants to participate in the Model European Union 2020 simulation, co-hosted by the EU Delegation to the RoK, and the three Jean Monnet EU Centres of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), Yonsei University and of Korea University. The MEU2020 will take place on Friday 30th, October 2020, at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, as a full day event. Read more
The EU supports the abolition of the death penalty worldwide. On 15 July, the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Republic of Korea (RoK) submitted an Amicus Curiae, prepared by the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) to the South Korean Constitutional Court supporting a case aiming at abolishing the death penalty in the RoK.
The Korea-EU CSO Network (KEN) is a network established to enhance communication and exchanges between CSOs in the RoK and Europe. Funded by the European Union, the initial network programs and exchanges will carry on through 2020-2021. KEN will organise three workshops and one national/international conference in South Korea under the comprehensive theme of human rights. Read more
As part of the activities of the Korea-EU CSO Network (KEN), Professor Changrok Soh, President of Human Asia and Director of the International Human Rights Centre at Korea University discussed the ICT technology and human rights issues in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. The RoK is known for its successful prevention of COVID-19. Efficient medical care and treatment, excellent IT technology and people's solidarity are cited as the key to success of its quarantine efforts. At the same time, human rights and discrimination issues in responding to COVID-19 must not be overlooked. Read more
The first online workshop Human rights, discrimination and the unequal impact of COVID-19 on persons in vulnerable positions was organised by the KEN on 23 June. It enabled CSO in Europe and the RoK to share information and perspectives on how to cope with human rights and discrimination amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Under the umbrella theme of human rights, the rights of minorities including persons with disabilities, migrant workers, and LGBTI were discussed to enhance greater understanding and exchange between Korean and EU CSOs about their respective activities, best practices and challenges in addition to strategies and tools to better engage civil participation. Find out more
Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated.
Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 31 July member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:
H.E. Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and H.E. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, held a Leaders’ meeting via video conference on 30 June 2020.
The leaders acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every country of the world, leading to immense human suffering, putting enormous strains on healthcare and welfare systems, as well as badly hitting economies and putting jobs at risk. They expressed their strong commitment to overcoming this challenge by working together with partners globally and in solidarity, including in the G20 and the United Nations system. United by common values of democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, rule of law, and non-discrimination, the leaders stressed the importance they attach to effective multilateralism. Read more
The European Union and the Republic of Korea are like-minded partners that share similar values and interests. Their relations are based on three major agreements, covering:
• political relations and sectoral cooperation;
• free trade;
• crisis management cooperation.
These agreements enable frequent, high-level exchanges and concrete cooperation that have a positive impact on European citizens, Korean citizens, and populations around the world.
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The first EU Delegation to the RoK Blog Reporters have successfully finished their programme after writing a series of blog posts about the EU and the EU-RoK relations. The EU Delegation to the RoK held a closing ceremony on 26 June and awarded the three best writers. 13 Blog Reporters selected through application and screening shared their experiences for the past 5 months of this activity. “I’ve learned a lot about the European Union, which is the RoK's important political, economic and global partner and was able to talk about it to people around me while acting as the Blog Reporter," said one of the participants. EU Ambassador to the RoK Michael Reiterer shared ideas with them on ways to raise visibility of the EU in Korea and to better engage with the public online as well as offline.
Today, the European Union and the Republic of Korea have signed a Horizontal Aviation Agreement. This Agreement allows any EU airline to fly to the Republic of Koreafrom each EU Member State, which has a bilateral air services agreement with the Republic of Korea. Twenty-two Member States have such bilateral air services agreements with the Republic of Korea. Traditionally, in these bilateral air services agreements, only airlines owned and controlled by a given Member State or its nationals may fly between that Member State and a third country. The conclusion of the Horizontal Agreement offers important opportunities to other EU airlines, and is therefore beneficial to airlines on both sides. Read more
The EU Ambassador to the RoK Michael Reiterer received this year’s Best Ambassador Award on Wednesday from the Korea Culture Ambassadors Friendship Association, and Seoul City Magazine in recognition of his diplomatic dedication and efforts to promote the EU-Korea relations, particularly for South Korean businesses that depend heavily on exports to the EU market at the 2020 Korea Consumer Awards Ceremony.
*This EWT BM may be cancelled if number of confirmed European participants falls below 30.
Do you miss attending a good concert, going to the cinema or exploring a museum? The EU supports the cultural and creative sectors, including many online activities. Here are 7 (free) ways to enjoy art and culture at home! Read more