Mapping Out EU-South Korea Relations: Key Member States’ Perspectives (Volume II)

Contributors: Jordan Baev, Sunkung Choi, Lucia Husenicova, Erja Kettunen-Matilainen, Alica Kizekova, Elina Sinkkonen, Peter Ward and Andreea Zaharia

Editor: Ramon Pacheco Pardo

What is the perspective of key EU member states towards South Korea? While EU-South Korea relations have attracted growing attention in recent years, the relationship between key EU member states and the Asian country remains underexplored. 

This report addresses this omission by describing and analysing the recent evolution of the relationship between Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands, Romania and Slovakia, on the one hand, and South Korea on the other. The report covers the areas of economic relations, security relations, bilateral relations and North Korea, and cultural relations. The report shows that the seven key EU member states and South Korea have been strengthening bilateral links and cooperation in recent years. Read the executive summary here and the full report here.

This report was made possible with the generous support of Korea Foundation’s Support for Policy-Oriented Research Grant. It complements an earlier report covering seven other EU member states (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Sweden) published by the KF-VUB Korea Chair in March 2020.