Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (EU Centre) hosted the international conference entitled “Developing a Joint Response of Korea and Europe to Global Challenges” on the 26th October, 2018 at GSIS Global Strategic Room. The conference was attended by 17 experts and scholars from 6 different countries, as well as 60 students.
The conference was first welcomed by His Excellency Michael Reiterer, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea, who shared in his address the importance of close cooperation and mutual interest in issues between multilateral relations. Mentioning President Moon Jae-in’s recent 9-day trip to Europe, the Ambassador underscored the need to bring stronger support and efforts to forge lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula, as well as to reaffirm the commitment to maintain close strategic relations between Korea and the EU that have persisted for the past 55 years since the diplomatic normalization in 1936.
Chaired by Professor Moon, Woosik, the first session “Europe and East Asia in the Era of Uncertainty” dealt with subject matters such as refugee protection crisis in the EU and Korea, EU’s economic and monetary union, and global migration in the perspective of Japan. The second session was chaired by Professor Han, JeongHun, and the presentations contended with topics such as “How can the EU contribute to the stabilization of the Korean Peninsula” and “Foreign Policy Agendas and Multilateral Cooperation in the UN.”
Overall, the conference enabled to not only share assessments on EU-Korea relations, but also create new issue areas for academic exchanges as well as provide opportunities to seek cooperation between universities.