- Welcome to the homepage of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Belgium and to Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Mission of the Republic of Korea to the EU
The Kingdom of Belgium is a country of rich diversity. Belgium comprises three regions – Flanders, Wallonia and the Brussels Capital Region – each with its own legislative and executive powers. Dutch, French and German are all official languages. Based on this diversity, Belgium has developed a federal state, making it a model of social and national integration. Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is commonly known as the heart of Europe. It houses institutions of the European Union, the headquarters of the NATO, about 1750 NGOs and close to 2000 multinational enterprises, making it one of Europe’s main business and political hubs. This position has been sealed by deeper political and economic integration within the EU, thus, the importance of strengthening good relations with Belgium is ever growing.
It is with a considerable sense of satisfaction that since the establishment in 1901 of diplomatic relations between Korea and Belgium, our two countries have been fostering close cooperation in a whole range of fields, spanning the political, economic, and cultural sectors. Korean people do indeed cherish a deep sense of gratitude towards Belgium for the helping hand they have extended to us at key points in our history, such as by providing troops in the Korean War and by extending assistance at the time of the economic crisis in the 1990s.
Especially, taking into consideration of the increasing interest to mutual culture, a new Korean Cultural Center(KCC) has opened in Brussels on November 26, 2013. This new KCC plays an important role in introducing Korea's colorful culture to Belgian citizens, and furthermore to European people living in the region. I would like to ask your kind attention to and active participation in the upcoming events.
Grand duchy of Luxembourg looks in appearance like a very small country, however as a founding member of the EU, Luxembourg has led European integration, and also it has actively contributed to efforts of the international community including development cooperation, PKO, human rights and proliferation of the democracy.
Since the establishment of the diplomatic relations in 1962, Korea and Luxembourg have continued to develop friendly and cooperative relations, and as members of the UN Security Council for the term of 2013-14, our two countries will further enhance cooperation for the peace and stability of the world.
The European Union is the world’s single largest economy, comprising 28 member states with each of them having a distinct national identity. Yet when travelling across the EU, one gets the impression of being within a single country, thanks to its open borders and common currency. This feeling reflects Europe’s success after many years of hard work and political determination following two devastating World Wars in the first half of the twentieth century, creating a real ‘Union’ of member states.
The EU is the world’s largest economic bloc, with a population of about half a billion people and generating about 30% of the global GDP. The EU’s integration process has led to an extension of its competences beyond the economic sphere to include several aspects of foreign and security policy, as well as justice and internal affairs. With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, the EU introduced several institutional reforms and created two new functions: President of the European Council and High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, firmly establishing itself in the global political arena.
Bilateral ties between Korea and the EU are further consolidating over time. The EU is Korea’s second largest trading partner and its largest investor. Cooperation between Korea and the EU is ever increasing. The Korea-EU Framework Agreement was signed in May 2010 and came into force last year. The Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was signed in October 2010 and came into force on 1 July 2011.
Korea and the EU also agreed to launch a Strategic Partnership on the occasion of the Korea-EU Summit held in Brussels on 6 October 2010 and will strengthen their cooperation on global strategic affairs based on common values such as democracy, human rights, the rule of law and a market-based economy.
Korea and the EU have also enhanced their cooperation on global issues. In May 2014, the two partners signed a Framework Participation Agreement aimed at facilitating Korea’s future participation in EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) operations. With this agreement coming into force and Korean participation to the EU Crisis Management Operation in the future, Korea-EU security cooperation will be broadened to a global scope.
We are trying our best to cover the current issues and to follow on the EU's latest policies and I hope that all visitors will find the information here useful.
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