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5th Interparliamentary Meeting EU-DPRK, Pyongyang, North Korea

Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula, visit to food processing factory in Anbyon county, North Korea Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula, visit to food processing factory in Anbyon county, North Korea
Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula, visit to EU-funded project site in North Korea, 31 October 2018

The Delegation for relations with the Korean peninsula (DKOR) conducted a mission to Beijing and Pyongyang from 28 October until 3 November 2018.

The aim of the mission was to hold the 5th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting (IPM) between Members of the Supreme People's Assembly and Members of the European Parliament, and to acquire first-hand information about the situation in the country and the status of EU political cooperation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The delegation members also held meetings in Beijing both before and after the visit to the DPRK, in order to collect first-hand information from Chinese experts and to debrief about the outcome of the visit to Pyongyang to both the EEAS, Chinese experts and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The very first direct contact in this mandate between DKOR, or any other EP body, and the DPRK, the mission provided a much-needed opportunity to engage the EP in DPRK; it also contributed in shaping the EU's profile in the country. The programme in North Korea focussed on four areas: meetings with DPRK authorities, visit to Pyongyang facilities, visit to EU humanitarian projects in the countryside (about 4.5 hours driving from Pyongyang) and EUMS presence. In the China part, the programme included meetings with EU Delegation and key personalities in the making of PRC foreign policy - the Chinese Association for International Friendly Contact (de facto adviser to the PM) and the governmental China Institute of International Studies. Once returned to Beijing, both the EU Delegation in China, the Chinese governmental actors, and the International Committee of the Red Cross requested extensive debriefings, which were a clear sign of strong interest in the findings of the EP visit.

19th EU-Republic of Korea Interparliamentary Meeting, June 2015, Seoul

A four-Member delegation chaired by Nirj Deva (ECR, UK) was in Seoul from 17 until 19 June 2015 for talks with counterparts from the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. Discussions were held on the bilateral relationship between the EU and South Korea, the situation on the Korean Peninsula, developments inside North Korea, trade, climate change (the severe drought hitting the Korean Peninsula at the time).

Among the interlocutors were:
  • H.E. Chung Ui-Hwa, Speaker of the National Assembly
  • Hong Yong-pyo, Minister of Unification
  • Moon Jae-in, the leader of the main opposition party, NPAD
  • Kim Moo-sung, the leader of the ruling Saenuri Party
  • Representative Na Kyung-won, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Cho Tae-yong, acting Minister of Foreign Affairs

18th EU-Republic of Korea IPM, January 2015, Brussels

group photo MEPs and Members of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea in front of EU and RoK flags group photo MEPs and Members of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea in front of EU and RoK flags
18th EU ROK IPM, MEPs and Members of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea
The 18th inter-parliamentary meeting between the European Parliament and the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea took place in Brussels on 22 January 2015.

The South Korean delegation was led by Mrs LEE Meekyung, Chair of the Delegation for Relations with the European Union in the National Assembly (Democratic United Party). The European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with the Korean Peninsula was chaired by Mr Nirj DEVA (United Kingdom, ERC).

On Thursday 22 January, the delegation held the 18th EU-Republic of Korea Inter-parliamentary Meeting and also met with Mr. Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

This inter-parliamentary meeting was dedicated to the following main issues:
  • key political and economic developments in Korea and the EU
  • the regional situation affecting the Republic of Korea (notably inter-Korean relations) and the EU (Ukraine, Southern Mediterranean situation)
  • research and development policies and cooperation and economic and social issues.

17th EU-Republic of Korea IPM, January 2014, Strasbourg

group photo MEPs and Members of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea group photo MEPs and Members of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea
17th EU ROK IPM, MEPs and Members of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea
The 17th inter-parliamentary meeting between the European Parliament and the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea took place in Strasbourg on 15 and 16 January 2014.

The South Korean delegation was led by Mrs LEE Meekyung, Chair of the Delegation for Relations with the European Union in the National Assembly (Democratic United Party). The European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with the Korean Peninsula was chaired by Mr Herbert REUL (Germany, EPP).

The Korean delegation was formally greeted in plenary, was received by the President of the European Parliament, Mr Martin Schulz and by Vice-President Mr Miguel Angel Martinez, who hosted an official dinner on behalf of the President. The delegation also met with the Chairman of the European Peoples' Party, Mr Joseph Daul, and with Mr Libor Roucek, Vice-Chairman of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

This inter-parliamentary meeting was dedicated to:

  • key political and economic developments in Korea and the EU
  • the situation on the Korean Peninsula and inter-Korean relations
  • the development of the EU-Korea Strategic Partnership

16th EU-Republic of Korea IPM, January 2013, Brussels

A delegation from the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea visited the European Parliament in Brussels on 10 January 2013 on the occasion of the 16th inter-parliamentary meeting between both Assemblies.

The South Korean delegation was led by Mrs LEE Meekyung, Chairman of the Delegation for Relations with the European Union in the National Assembly (Democratic United Party). The European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with the Korean Peninsula is chaired by Mr Herbert REUL (Germany, EPP).

This inter-parliamentary meeting was dedicated to four main issues: key political and economic developments in Korea and the EU, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and inter-Korean relations, and the development of the EU-Korea Strategic Partnership.

The Korean delegation also met with the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr Elmar Brok, the Chairman of the International Trade Committee, Mr Vital Moreira, and was received by Vice-President Georgios Papastamkos.

15th EU-Republic of Korea IPM & 3rd EU-Democratic People's Republic of Korea IPM

A 6-strong group of Members from the Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula, representing 4 political groups, visited the Peninsula on 28 October - 5 November; this allowed the Delegation to visit the North and the South, in order to hold, respectively, the 3rd EU-Democratic People's of Korea Republic Interparliamentary Meeting (29 October /1st November) and the 15th EU-Republic of Korea Interparliamentary Meeting (1-5 November).

The EP Delegation was led by M. Christian EHLER (EPP, D), Chairman, and included, among others, Vice-Chairs Gerald HAFNER (Greens/EFA, D) and Anna ROSBACH (ECR, DK).

4th EU-DPRK Interparliamentary Meeting and visit to RoK, Pyongyang, Seoul, July 2013

A 7-strong group of Members from the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula, representing 5 political groups, visited North and South Korea during the week of 14-20 July 2013.

The visit was preceded by a short stop-over in Beijing, which the delegation used for a meeting with the EU Ambassador to China, and the PRC Special Envoy for the Korean Peninsula, Ambassador Wu Dawei.

The program for the visit to North Korean included official meetings with the DPRK Authorities in Pyongyang, mainly the Supreme Peoples' Assembly, the vice-ministers for foreign affairs, trade and agriculture, but also meetings with EU Ambassadors resident in Pyongyang, non-governmental organizations and UN agencies operating in North Korea. The delegation also had the opportunity of visiting the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), Kaesong City, a seed treatment factory in Usan County (EU-funded project) and an essential foodstuff factory in Pyongyang.

A stop-over in Seoul, following the week of meetings in North Korea, provided an opportunity to debrief counterparts in the South Korean National Assembly and the Foreign Minister.