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In August, the Chamber actively involved in facilitating dialogues with the Korean and European governments. The highlights include meeting with H.E. Mr. Sten Schwede, newly-appointed Estonian Ambassador to Korea.
ECCK Meets Estonian Ambassador to Korea
August 18, 2021
On August 13, ECCK President Christoph Heider had a meeting with H.E. Mr. Sten Schwede, newly-appointed Estonian Ambassador to Korea.
During the meeting, Mr. Heider provided an overview of the ECCK and shared details about the White Paper, one of ECCK’s publication that contains the difficulties and suggestions of European companies regarding the Korean business environment. The two also took time to discuss future cooperation.
Donation Opportunity to ECCK’s Charity Partners
August 30, 2021
As the Chuseok holiday’s approaching in less than a month, ECCK would like to propose a donation opportunity to our charity partners. To participate CSR donation program, you can directly make donations through the bank accounts presented below.
“Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the businesses have been deeply impacted and so have charity organizations. Through this opportunity, I would like to encourage our member companies to make monetary donations to our selected charity organizations,” said ECCK President Christoph Heider.
The ECCK has started its charity initiatives since the difficult times caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
Charity Partners
Anna’s House: A welfare organization run by Father Kim Ha-jong (Father Vincenzo Bordo), an Italian-born Catholic priest. Since 1990, it has been providing shelter for homeless and runaway teenagers in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province. (사회복지법인 안나의집: Nonghyup Bank 171405-51-047081 / Contact: 031-757-6336)
House of Bethania: A social welfare shelter for migrant workers in Korea run by Father Ha Dae-Geon (Father Christophe Bérard) and Symeon Kyung Ok Hwang. (천주교서울대교구 이주사목위원회: Woori Bank 1005-401-277443 / Contact: 02-802-9313)
Jeon Jin Sang Clinic: A medical social welfare center run by Dr. Marie-Helene Brasseur, a Belgian Doctor who has been serving neighbors in Siheung-dong, Seoul for 45 years. (전진상복지관: KB Bank 037-01-0318-564 / Contact: 02-924-9970)
Shinmyeong Orphanage: A childcare facility in Korea run by Ms. Sunju Choi. (신명보육원: Suhyup Bank 2010-0797-6832 / Contact: 032-522-3944)
Previous Donations From ECCK Members
Fissler donates KRW 30 mil to ECCK Charity Partners — March 9, 2021
Donation of KRW 9 million of food products from Nestlé to ECCK Charity Partners | December 14, 2020
ECCK holds Charity Race with Renault Samsung Motors | November 4, 2020
ECCK Holds Sixth UN-SDGs Webinar with Evonik
August 26, 2021
ECCK hosted its sixth live webinar on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs) in partnership with Evonik on August 19, 2021.
Presented by Dr. Harald Schwager, Member & Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik, the webinar was held under the theme of “Evonik Improves Life Day In, Day Out”. After graduating from the University of Karlsruhe with a degree in chemistry in 1984, Dr. Schwager has been taken over various positions. Since September 2017, he has served as deputy chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik Industries AG in Essen, Germany.
During his presentation, Dr. Harald Schwager introduced Evonik’s approach to sustainable development goals. “Sustainability is the most important topic for the world, for society and for the economy.” said Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board Schwager. “If we want to develop sustainability solutions, we need industries and companies like Evonik. Without industries, without the innovative strength of the industries, creativity, and its research, development will not be able to anchor sustainability of people in the lives of everyone.”
The webinar by Evonik is available on YouTube:
Our next SDG webinar series is scheduled on September 14, 2021 with Mercedes-Benz under the theme of “Sustainability, Technology and Innovation: Mercedes-Benz on the Way to a Carbon-Neutral and Digital Future”. To register, please click on the following link: ECCK SDG Webinar Series 2021: CEO Talk on SDGS – Sustainability, Technology and Innovation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
About ECCK’s SDGs Webinar Series
Until December 2021, ECCK will be hosting a virtual webinar series every month featuring leading individuals from global companies advancing the SDGs. Our previous participants include Chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes Lorenzo Simonelli, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE Saori Dubourg, Vice President of Environmental Responsibility of Lego Group Tim Brooks, Group Chief Investment Officer and Member of the Group Executive Committee of Swiss Re Guido Fürer, CEO and President of the Executive Committee of Solvay, Dr. Ilham Kadri and Member & Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik, Dr. Harald Schwager.
In our upcoming webinar series, companies in various sectors including Mercedes-Benz, Kyobo Life, etc. will discuss business practices and corporate vision and efforts on implementation of UN-SDGs.
For the launch of the webinar series in March, Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of United Nations, shared a congratulatory message. “When there is a strong tripartite partnership between government, business leaders and civil societies, there is nothing which we cannot do. We need to count on private sectors to help drive further success, and we will all benefit from robust vision and action by companies to set the right sustainable business strategies and corporate culture.”, said H.E. Ban Ki-moon. “That’s why I am so pleased that the ECCK has organized this webinar series with global business leaders to share their experiences and commitment with us.”
Christoph Heider, President of ECCK, said, “United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a very important milestone in opening the future for the next generation. We believe that this webinar series will provide a platform to promote the importance of the efforts and roles of private sector for the successful implementation of the SDGs and to explore various solutions to the challenges for businesses.”
For more information on ECCK’s upcoming SDGs Series, please contact
Change of Entry Regulations to Korea
August 30, 2021
The suspension of visa-free entry to the Republic of Korea, which has been in effect for over a year, will be lifted for citizens of the European Union and Schengen countries from September 1, 2021. This means that short-term stays (less than 90 days) will again be possible without a visa.
Instead, European nationals residing outside Korea and travelling to Korea must then apply via the Korea Electronic Travel Authorization – or in short K-ETA – at least 24-hours prior to departure. The application can be either done online or via the K-ETA app. For further information, please refer to the web-page of K-ETA (
The requirement for the Re-entry Application for foreigners residing in Korea instead is still maintained.
ECCK Tourism Working Group Meeting
August 26, 2021
On August 25, the ECCK Tourism Working Group had a virtual meeting on Korea Tourism Organization’s plan to boost the Korea Tourism Industry.
The meeting began with a presentation session by Ms. Jong Sook Kim, Director of Europe, Americas & Oceania Team, Korea Tourism Organization. During the presentation, topics such as current visitors status in Korea, plan to boost visitor numbers in Korea, countries that KTO planning to focus on, etc. were covered.
The group further discussed the issues during a Q&A session lead by Ms. Sujin Hong, Manager of Europe, Americas & Oceania Team, Korea Tourism Organization.
ECCK Quarterly Report Q2/2021 Published
August 4, 2021
It is with great pleasure that we hereby share with you the 14th edition of our Quarterly Report, looking back at the second quarter of 2021.
As true European advocacy organization this report contains information about EU, EFTA, and UK trade and FDI for Q2/2021. The purpose of the report is to provide a succinct overview of the most pertinent developments for European industry in Korea.
In order to assure the highest relevance of our reports’ contents, we welcome your feedback. Naturally, we also warmly invite you to let us know of any trade or market access issues that are not included herein.
Click here to read ECCK Quarterly Report – 14th edition
To read the previous editions of the quarterly report, please click on the following link to open our Reports archives page: ECCK Quarterly Report.
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