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"Europe Day 2015" Celebrated in Seoul
EU Envoy Tomasz Kozlowski Hosts Reception
EU Ambassador to South Korea Tomasz Kozlowski (2nd from left) poses with President Alan Timblick (2nd from right) of The Seoul Times and Mrs. Timblick (left). At righ is Mrs. Kozlowski at the reception held at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on May 4, 2015 on the occasion of Europe Day.

EU Ambassador to South Korea Tomasz Kozlowski hosted a reception at Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul on May 4, 2015 on the occasion of Europe Day.

EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was on hand.

Hundreds of high-profile guests from all walks of life were invited to the dinner reception. Among the guests were scores of top foreign envoys serving in Seoul and thier spouses.

From the South Korean government came Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se and a famous South Korean lawmaker.

Japanese Ambassador to Seoul Bessho Koro (別所浩郞: right) poses with S. Korean lawmaker Na Kyung-Won (center).

The three-term lawmaker Na Kyung-Won of the ruling Saenuri Party was inivited to the reception. The lawyer-turned lawmaker also serves as chairwoman of South Korea's National Assembly Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee chairwoman.

Both Minister Yun and Rep. Na delivered a congratulatory speech, respectively.

Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe and is celebrated in major cities in Europe on May 9, every year.

Publisher Joseph Joh (right) of The Seoul Times poses with US Ambassador Mark W. Lippert at the reception at the dinner reception held at Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul on May 4, 2015 on the occasion of Europe Day.


South Korea-EU Relations

South Korea has been maintaining the close and strong ties with EU since they established diplomatic relations on July 24, in 1963. The Korean ambassador to Switzerland was in charge of EU.

The EU established diplomatic relations with North Korea in May 2001.

During the Cold War era EU sided with South Korea as part of the free world entity in the diplomatic confrontations between the Communist world led by the former Soviet Union and the capitalist world led by the United States.

Belarusian Ambassador to S. Korea Natallia Zhylevich (left) poses with President Alan Timblick (center) of The Seoul Times. At right is Mrs. Timblick.


But, the mutual relations between South Korea and EU have mainly been focused on economic and trade sectors.

It was in 1990 that EU set up its permanent representative in Seoul. One year earlier South Korea separated its permanent representative in Belgium from its embassy in Belgium.

In 1996 South Korea inked “Framework Agreement” with EU for comprehensive cooperation in various areas of economy, trade, culture, and science and technology.

In the same year South Korea and EU adopted joint declaration for political cooperation.

President Alan Timblick (center) of The Seoul Times poses with Ms. Surna de Jekelfalussy Wolnhoffer de Csany (left) of EU Delegation. At right is Mrs. Timblick.

Since 2002 South Korea and EU have been hosting ASEM summit alternatively.

In October of 2010 South Korean and EU formed the relations of strategic partnership, signing the free trade agreement (FTA).

While Mr. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski as EU ambassador to Seoul, FTA (free trade agreement) between South Korea and EU went into force in July 2011.

As of 2011, EU became the world’s second largest trade partner for South Korea. Total amount of the bilateral trade stood at over 103 billion US dollars.

As of 2014 the total amount of the bilateral trade between EU and South Korea amounted to 114 billion US dollars. EU is the world's third major trade p;artner for South Korea only after China and the US.

In 2014 EU’s investment to South Korea reached 65 billion US dollars. South Korea invested 52.1 billion US dollars to EU.


Who Is Amb. Tomaz Kozlowski?

Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, the current EU ambassador to South Korea, played a crucial role in the signing of the free trade agreement (FTA) between South Korea and the 27-member states of European Union.

Under his leadership as head of the EU Mission in Seoul the EU-Korea FTA went into force in July 2011. South Korea became the first Asian country in Europe to sign the free trade agreement with EU.

Amb. Koslowski is one of the most active top foreign envoys serving in Seoul. He has been lecturing at the local universities and at other places. His busy schedule includes meeting with local government officials, political leaders, businesspeople, and other local leaders.

The EU envoy was one of the first top foreign envoys who visited then President Park Geun-Hye in eary 2013 right after her victory in South Korea's presidential election.

For his active role as an EU envoy, Mr. Koslowski received a “Global Award” from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies on April 19, 2013. the former US Ambassador Sung Kim was also the recipient of this prestigious award.

Amb. Kozlowski was previously posted as the head for Asia at the Office of the EU High Representative and as principal adviser for Asia at the European Commission.

Before he assumed EU ambassadorship Mr. Kozlowski served as Poland’s high-level diplomat. He also worked at the United Nations.

Mr. Kozlowski arrived in Seoul on Jan. 6, 2011 to serve as the EU ambassador to Seoul.

For details or inquiries call Press Officer Park He-Lee of EU Embassy in Seoul at 3704-1716 or leave her an Email at Helee.PARK@eeas.europa.eu




 

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