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EU-Korea summit marks 50 years of cooperation

The 7th EU-Republic of Korea summit, which took place today in Brussels, celebrated 50 years of bilateral relations between the EU and South Korea. Leaders marked the occasion with the adoption of a joint declaration.  

The summit looked at various areas covered by the strategic partnership, such as science and technology, education, climate and environment, social policy, customs, competition and international development.

In particular, leaders discussed:

  • issues relating to the implementation of the ambitious EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement
  • strengthening joint research and innovation cooperation in order to facilitate joint flagship programmes
  • the establishment of a high-level industrial policy dialogue to be held on a regular basis
  • the participation of the Republic of Korea in EU crisis management missions - the first such agreement between the EU and an Asian partner
  • the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and their shared commitment to denuclearisation 

The Commissioner for trade, Karel De Gucht, and the Commissioner for research, innovation and science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, also took part in the summit.


Joint leaders' declaration

The declaration was signed by EU leaders President Van Rompuy, for the European Council, and President Barroso, for the Commission, alongside the President of the Republic of Korea, President Park Geun-hye. Among other things, the declaration outlines leaders':

  • shared commitment to enhancing cooperation in order to secure growth and economic stability
  • mutual commitment to peace and stability in northeast Asia
  • commitment to the denuclearisation of North Korea
  • commitment to expanding cultural exchanges and networks in various fields


Other agreements approved

An arrangement to promote the hosting of Korean researchers in Europe was signed during the summit by Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn and the Republic of Korea Minister for science, ICT and future planning.

Leaders also agreed on a declaration to reinforce cooperation and dialogue in the field of education and training. This joint declaration, which aims to promote joint cooperation projects in higher education and establish policy dialogue on issues of common interest relating to education and training, will be officially signed at a later date.

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