EU Ambassador to South Korea Tomasz Kozlowski hosted a reception at Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul on May 27, 2013 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of EU’s diplomatic relations with South Korea.
The dinner reception drew a number of high-profile guests – top foreign envoys serving in Seoul, local politicians, and businesspeople.
Among the guests were South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-Won, lawmaker Han Jeoung-Ae of Democratic United Party, lawmaker Seo Young-Kyo of Democratic United Party, Country Representative Peter M. Beck of the Asia Foundation, and Dr. Lee Ki-Su, former president of Korea University.
Premier Chung delivered a congratulatory speech following the welcoming speech by Amb. Koslowski.
Meanwhile, a special reception celebrating the 50th anniversary of EU’s diplomatic ties with South Korea was held at the headquarters of EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium in the evening of May 21, 2013 (local time).
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, South Korean Ambassador to EU Kim Chang-Bum, and South Korea’s ruling party lawmaker Kim Jong-Hun, who served as South Korea trade minister attended the event. South Korean media and many other South Koreans were also invited to the event.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations a special academic conference on South Korea-UE relations was held by the University of Foreign Studies at Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul on May 25, 2013.
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 include meeting with local government officials and business and political leaders.
For his active role as an EU envoy Mr. Koslowski received a “Global Award” from the University of Foreign Studies on April 19, 2013. 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.
South Korea-EU Relations
South Korea has been maintaining a close ties with EU since they established diplomatic relations on July 24, in 1963. The Korean ambassador to Switzerland was in charge of EU.
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.
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 and 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.
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 2011EU is the world’s second largest trade partner for South Korea.
Total amount of the bilateral trade amounted to over 103 billion US dollars.
EU’s investment to South Korea reached 64.6 billion US dollars. South Korea invested 36.7 billion US dollars to EU.
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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