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From October to December, the Chamber actively involved in facilitating dialogues with the Korean and European governments. The highlights include the ECCK Delegation's visit to Brussels and Geneva as well as the White Paper 2019 press conference and more.
European Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ECCK) released its fifth edition of ‘ECCK White Paper at the press conference’ held on November 29 at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul. The press conference elaborated on the key industry issues and suggestions raised by the European business community in Korea across 20 different sectors including Automotive, Healthcare, Chemical, Food, Marine & Shipbuilding, etc. in 2019. The event was attended by 
Dimitris Psillakis
, Chairperson of ECCK and President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Korea, 
Michael Reiterer
, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea, as well as chairpersons of ECCK industry committees including 
Julien Samson
 ECCK Healthcare Committee and VP & General Manager of GSK Korea, 
Karsten Kuehme
 ECCK Food Committee and CEO of Nestlé Korea,
 Andrew Kim
 ECCK Passenger Vehicles Committee and Director of External Affairs of Mercedes-Benz Korea, 
Max Burger
 ECCK Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicles Committee and President and Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus Korea, and 
Olivier Calandreau
ECCK Insurance Committee and Representative Director & CEO of BNP Paribas Cardif General Insurance. The press conference opened with welcoming remarks by ECCK Chairperson Dimitris Psillakis. “The publication echoes the European business community’s desire to support the Korean government to develop the current regulatory framework, which will benefit both foreign companies and the Korean economy as a whole.”, said Chairperson Psillakis. “We hope that the White Paper will serve as a constructive communication tool for both the Korean and European authorities in looking for ways to maintain a mutually beneficial strategic relationship. The White Paper encapsulates the ECCK’s vision and mission, at the centre of which is advocacy”. Following the opening remarks, Ambassador Michael Reiterer delivered congratulatory remarks in which he commented on the importance of the ECCK White Paper. “The European Commission values very much the extensive work done by ECCK, which, year-after-year is becoming a benchmark of the ease of doing business in Korea.”
The Chamber has received an official written feedback on 123 recommendations in the ECCK White Paper 2018 from MOTIE, where almost 40% of the recommendations were positively reviewed and accepted by the government.
ECCK will continue to forge stronger, collaborative relationship with the Korean government to further improve the business environment for foreign invested companies in Korea.
ECCK Holds White Paper 2019 Press Conference
November 29, 2019
On November 19, the ECCK successfully organized the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone (YESFEZ) Authority Investment Network Luncheon at Millennium Hilton Seoul. Attended by foreign-invested companies in Korea as well as companies seeking to make inroads into the Chinese and Northeast Asian markets, the meeting delivered the most recent update concerning the progress and key incentives of YESFEZ with its high-tech industrial clusters. Also, the luncheon provided networking opportunities for those who are interested in a future partnership through the YESFEZ.
ECCK Organizes YESFEZ Investment Network Luncheon
November 19, 2019
On October 22, ECCK President Christoph Heider handed over the White Paper 2019 to Minister of the Ministry of SMEs and Startups (MSS) Park Young-sun at Grand Hyatt Seoul.
White Paper 2019 Hand-over to MSS Minister Park Young-sun
October 22, 2019
On November 7, ECCK Vice Chairperson and Logistics & Transport Committee Chairperson Dirk Lukat handed over the White Paper 2019 to Director of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) Bureau of Trade Policy, Europe Division Ju-ho Song at the ECCK office.
L&T Committee Chairperson Delivers White Paper 2019 to MOTIE Director
November 7, 2019
On October 29, ECCK President Christoph Heider handed over White Paper 2019 to the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF) Director General for Income & Corporation tax Bureau Ko Kwanghyo.
White Paper 2019 Hand-over to MOEF Director General Ko Kwanghyo
October 29, 2019
The general worldwide meeting of the network of European Business Organizations (EBO-WWN) took place for the first time in Tokyo from December 2 to 4 at the EU Delegation in Tokyo. The EBO WWN includes around 42 EBOs in the world that operate in extra-European countries in the field of trade advocacy. For this 3 days-meeting the European Business Council (EBC) in Japan, organizer of the event, had been joined by 27 other sister EBOs from across the globe, as well as by representatives of the EU Commission. One of the reasons for choosing Tokyo as 2019 venue has been the recent implementation of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, the largest and most advanced free trade agreement in the world, since in many countries where EBOs are located there are currently underway at different progress stages free trade agreements with the EU. At the meeting, well attended also by local and national Japanese authorities, the general discussion focused on the peculiarities of the Japanese economy in its maturity stage, the possibility of cooperation to expand together in third markets for European and Japanese companies also within the framework of the recently signed Connectivity agreement between EU and Japan. In closed sessions and workshops the EBOs have discussed about governance, best practices in advocacy and possibility of regional cooperation among them. Mr Francesco Formiconi, EBC Japan’s Executive Director who locally supported the EBO-WWN Board in organizing this convention, declared that the meeting was a great success and that the Network showed great growth potential great influence in the undergoing trade treaty negotiations of the EU all around the world.
ECCK Participates in the Regional Meeting of EBO-WWN
December 2, 2019
On December 6, the ECCK Busan Chapter delivered donations to Korea’s first Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) located at Busan University Medical Center in Yangsan, South Gyeongsangnam-do Province. The funds were raised during the ‘ECCK Busan Year-End Party’, which was held on December 5. The donation was delivered by ECCK President Christoph Heider to Executive Director of RMHC  Ms. Kyung Me Boo and attended by Busan Chapter of the ECCK.
ECCK Busan Chapter Delivers Donations to Ronald McDonald House Charities
December 6, 2019
On November 8, ECCK Vice Chairperson Dirk Lukat participated in the Foreign Investment Advisory Council (FIAC) Meeting held at the Seoul Global Center. The 50th meeting focused on the topic of “Women’s economic empowerment” and was attended by Seoul City Mayor Park Won Soon as well as FIAC members, consisting of representatives from various foreign business groups in Korea.
ECCK Attends 50th FIAC Meeting
November 8, 2019
On November 18, ECCK President Christoph Heider delivered congratulatory remarks at the 57th annual Diplomatic Community Bazaar hosted by the Seoul International Women’s Association (SIWA). Attended by representatives from embassies, vendors of local enterprises, charities and other international clubs, the event promoted and expanded efforts to fundraise on behalf of local charities.
ECCK President Delivers Congratulatory Remarks at SIWA Charity Bazaar
November 18, 2019
On November 29, ECCK held a luncheon meeting with Yoo Myung-hee, Minister for Trade of Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). With 50 representatives of ECCK member companies and European embassies in attendance, ECCK officially delivered the ‘ECCK White Paper 2019’ to Minister Yoo. In her speech, Minister Yoo acknowledged and thanked ECCK’s role as a communication platform between the Korean and European government as well as for the constructive suggestions from the European businesses to further improve the business climate in Korea through annual publication of ECCK White Paper.
ECCK Roundtable Meeting with Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee
November 29, 2019
In the week of November 11, a delegation of ECCK Board members and representatives of the secretariat visited pertinent counterparts in Brussels and Geneva in order to discuss the business environment in Korea and handover the White Paper 2019.

On November 11, the delegation met with Head of Unit Far East in the Directorate-General for Trade (DG TRADE) of the European Commission Adeline Hinderer.

On the following day, the ECCK Delegation to Brussels presented the White Paper 2019 to EU Trade Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan and met with Director General of European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) Eric-Mark Huitema and shared its insights with the organization. On November 13, the ECCK delegation handed over the White Paper 2019 to Korean Ambassador to the EU Hyoung-zhin Kim.
The discussions with the officials have increased their interest in Korea. We are looking forward to enhanced cooperation going forward.
ECCK Delegation’s Visit to Brussels and Geneva
October 2, 2019
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