The panel report published today (25 January) confirms the EU's concerns that the Republic of Korea has not acted consistently with its trade and sustainable development obligations under the EU-Republic of Korea trade agreement. The independent panel concluded that the Republic of Korea needs to adjust its labour laws and practices and to continue swiftly the process of ratifying four fundamental International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions in order to comply with the agreement.
EU-Republic of Korea leaders' videoconference: Co-operation, solidarity and sustainability at the heart of a joint response to the #Coronavirus pandemic
On 30 June, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel, together with High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell, held a video conference with the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in (pictured).
The leaders issued a joint press release outlining the outcomes of the video conference. The meeting was an opportunity for the leaders to discuss the response to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly in terms of socio-economic recovery, research and vaccine development and deployment, support to vulnerable populations, and lessons learnt. At the press conference following the leaders' video conference, President von der Leyen said: “In times of an unprecedented global health crisis, we need countries to come together, to work together, and to achieve together. It was important to exchange experiences and best practice with the Republic of Korea about the pandemic; even more so given Korea's very innovative and successful approach to slowing it down.”
The leaders also discussed ways to strengthen the EU-Republic of Korea strategic partnership, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, and benefits from a wide-reaching political framework agreement, a free trade agreement, and an agreement enabling the Republic of Korea's participation in EU crisis management operations. Finally, the leaders discussed international and regional issues, particularly efforts to bring peace and security to the Korean Peninsula.
President von der Leyen said: “The intensity and the level of our cooperation is among the highest that we have with any country in the world. Today was an important moment to reaffirm our joint commitment to working together across all areas of our partnership.”
A joint press release and the full remarks of President von der Leyen at the press conference are available online, while more information on EU-Republic of Korea relations is available in a dedicated factsheet and on the website of the EU Delegation in Seoul.
EU-Republic of #Korea leaders' videoconference: Focus on the coronavirus response and strengthening bilateral co-operation
Today (30 June) Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel, together with High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell, will hold a videoconference with the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in. The leaders will exchange views on the respective responses to the coronavirus pandemic, including as regards lessons learned to strengthen resilience, cooperation in research and vaccine development, and a green socio-economic recovery.
In this context, they are likely to confirm the importance they attach to effective multilateralism and the rules-based international order. The leaders will discuss areas related to the EU-Republic of Korea bilateral strategic partnership, including trade relations under the EU-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement. The leaders are also expected to touch on international and regional security matters, including the shared objective of building trust and establishing lasting peace and security on the Korean Peninsula, free of nuclear weapons.
A joint press conference of President von der Leyen and President Michel will take place upon conclusion of the videoconference, at 10h CEST, and will be available to watch live on EbS. More information on the Leaders' meeting is available on the website. More information on EU-Republic of Korea relations is available on the website of the EU Delegation in Seoul.
#Kazakhstan bars entry to South Korean nationals due to #Coronavirus
Health Care Minister Yelzhan Birtanov told the same briefing that the Central Asian nation stood ready to deport foreigners who arrived from South Korea and other countries such as China from where it has banned nationals from entering Kazakhstan due to the virus.
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