Korea-EU Relations at 55: Leveraging ASEM in Uncertain Times

On 12 June 2018, the KF-VUB Korea Chair, with the kind support of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to Belgium and the EU, organized a conference on “Korea-EU Relations at 55: Leveraging ASEM in Uncertain Times.” As 2018 marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the EU and Korea, the conference provided an excellent opportunity to assess the current state of the EU-ROK relationship and to explore opportunities for further cooperation in the future. In the first panel, European and Korean panelists including Dr. Tongfi Kim (Senior Researcher, KF-VUB Korea Chair and Assistant Professor, Vesalius College), Ms. Shada Islam (Director of Europe and Geopolitics, Friends of Europe), Dr. Jun Hae-won (Associate Professor, Korean National Diplomatic Academy) and Professor Kim Sung-han (Professor, Korea University and former ROK Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs) exchanged views on ASEM and EU-Korea political and security cooperation. Afterwards, in the second panel, EU-Korea economic relations were discussed by Dr. Tereza Novotna (Academic Collaborator, Institute d’études européennes, ULB), Dr. Kim Heungchong (Senior Research Fellow, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy), Ms. Nevena Mateeva (Policy Officer for Korea and Japan, DG Trade, European Commission) and Professor Moon Woosik (Professor, Seoul National University). The event brought together some 60 people from the EU institutions, the diplomatic community and, European and Korean academic organizations and think tanks.