PN Member Glyn Ford Speaks at EU-Korea Seminar

November 13, 2013

PN Member Glynn Ford,will be delivering the Welcoming address at the European Institute for Asian Studies' Briefing Seminar: "Reflecting on 50 Years of EU-Korea Relations". Taking place in Brussels, Belgium on November 15, 2013 from 10:30-12:00, the seminar marks and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and the EU. Over this period of time, bilateral ties between Korea and the EU have progressively been consolidated. The EU is now Korea’s second largest trading partner and its largest investor. Cooperation between Korea and the EU is ever increasing over time: Korea and the EU agreed to launch a Strategic Partnership on the occasion of the Korea-EU Summit held in Brussels on 6 October 2010, ensuring a high level of commitment from both sides. The Korea-EU Framework Agreement (FA) was signed in May 2010 and follow-up measures are underway for its entry into force, addressing a wide range of international concerns, such as weapons of mass destruction, human rights, climate change and development assistance. Furthermore, the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) entered into force on 1 July 2011. This briefing seminar intends to be a follow-up to the EU-Korea Summit that will be held on 8 November in Brussels, and will also provide the opportunity to reflect on 50 years of bilateral relations and outlook for the future.



10:30-10:35 Welcome remarks by the Chair Mr Glyn Ford, Board Member, European Institute for Asian Studies

10:35-10:50 Keynote Address by H.E. Mr Chang-beom Kim, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union

10:50-11:30 Panel Discussion

Dr Gerhard Sabathil, Director, North East Asia and the Pacific, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Dr Brian McDonald, former EU ambassador to Korea

Mr David Fouquet, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies

11:30-12:00 Question & Answer


PN member Glyn Ford has been Member of the European Parliament for over 25 years. After leaving the Parliament, he founded POLINT, focusing on European Internal Politics, International Relations and International Trade; Board of the EIAS (European Institute for Asian Studies), and started a collaboration with another Brussels-based consultancy company, GPlus Europe. In a personal capacity Glyn is a Board Member of the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) and the North East Asian Economic Forum (NEAEF).


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