Welcome from the Chair

As the elected Chair of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with the Korean Peninsula (DKOR), it is my pleasure to welcome you to our webpages.
DKOR was founded in 2004 and oversees relations with the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK - North Korea). The Delegation, César LUENA (1st Vice-Chair), Susana SOLÍS PÉREZ (2nd Vice-Chair) and I have the honour to represent, will continue, through regular DKOR meetings in Brussels or in Strasbourg, to encourage a de-escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula, fostering political dialogue and promoting European values to the benefit of a sustainable peace in line with the foreign policy of the European Union.
The European Union considers the Republic of Korea as one of its most important strategic partners in Asia. Economic and political ties are very strong. The EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement was not only the first of the EU's "new generation" trade agreements, but also the first one submitted to the European Parliament for its consent according to the Treaty of Lisbon. Through parliamentary diplomacy at our disposal, and namely Inter-Parliamentary Meetings (IPM) with our counterparts, we will continue to deepen our relations with South Korea in the field of free trade and other areas. Moreover and since its foundation, a core aim of DKOR has been to keep a channel of communication with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK - North Korea) open for reasons of parliamentary diplomacy.
I sincerely hope that the diplomatic work of DKOR will provide a significant contribution to the strategic partnership and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

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26-04-2021 - 11:17
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the President of the European Parliament and its political leaders have modified Parliament's calendar of activities. The aim is to enable Parliament to exercise its functions and carry out its parliamentary work, while complying with the duty of care for its Members and staff and protecting public health.

While missions of Parliament's delegations are currently suspended, interparliamentary and other meetings of standing delegations and parliamentary assemblies are being organised with the possibility of remote participation by Members, visiting speakers and staff.

The calendar section of this page is updated when possible and provides more details of upcoming meetings.