« EU-Korea convergences and partnerships 10 years after the EU-Korea FTA, in the post Covid era and within the US-China trade war », November, 10th, 2020

November, 10th, 2020 – Zoom Webinar9: 00 AM – 11: 00 AM (Europe time)

Asia Centre is deligthed to host a distinguished panel to discuss the current status of EU and Republic of Korea partnerships, relations and cooperation on multilateral issues and focused sectors of mutual interest.



  • Lukas MANDL (chairman of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the Korean Peninsula)
  • Jean-François DI MEGLIO (President of Asia Centre)


Panel 1: The points of convergence within the analysis of post Covid international relations 

  • Maximilian MAYER (University of Bonn): Introduction
  • Antoine BONDAZ (FRS, SciencesPo): “The Covid-19 pandemic as a great opportunity for greater EU-Korea coordination and cooperation”
  • Nicola CASARINI (Istituto Affari Internazionali): “EU-Korea strategic partnership ten years after. Opportunities, and challenges, in the age of Covid and mounting US-China tensions”
  • Paul ANDRE (SciencesPo): “Is Korea on the threshold of the G7? Strategic opportunities and challenges ahead in the perspective of an enlarged G7”
  • René CONSOLO (French diplomat who worked in Pyongyang): “The European Union’s Restrictive Measures against North Korea : a medium term view, beyond the current difficulties. Looking at solutions beyond the deadlock”.

TransitionElisabeth Suh (SWP): “Certain uncertainty – the cyber challeng posed by Pyongyang”

Panel 2: future opportunities of EU-ROK cooperation in specific areas of competence and excellence

  • Ramon PACHECO-PARDO (King’s College): “Reassessment of the goals intended and achieved through the EU-ROK FTA”
  • Tereza NOVOTNA(Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow): “What EU-ROK Partnership within the US-China Conflict?”
  •  Brigitte DEKKER (Clingendael Institute): “EU-ROK digital connectivity: United, we must stand. The implications of China’s techno-nationalism for the European Union and the Republic of Korea”.
  • Rafal SMOCZYNSKI (Polish Academy of Sciences): “The status of Korean soft power in Europe”

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