Korea Office

Rm. 1101,
88 Yulgok-ro,
Seoul 03131
South Korea

Phone: +82 (0) 2 745 2648
Fax: +82 (0) 2 745 6684


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FES – Ministry of Unification Special Seminar on “Experience of German Division and Unification” for government officials (Seoul, 26 to 30 March, 2017)

The Institute for Unification Education of the Ministry of Unification holds a special seminar for government officials from diverse government departments. FES Korea office has been closely collaborating for several years with the Institute on this twice a year. This year, FES Korea office invited to the seminar two German experts: Rüdiger Erben, Member of the Saxony-Anhalt state parliament, and Franziska Richter, Forum Berlin of FES Berlin. Before the seminar, they had several meetings with North Korea experts in Seoul and listened to the views of government, academics and civil society organizations to understand the current situation of the Korean peninsula. During the two day seminar, thirteen Korean government officials discussed with the experts various aspects of the German division and unification. It became clear that the German unification was primarily brought about by strong desire for democracy of East German people, and it required a process of negotiation with Germany’s neighbors and allies. With respect to the actual unification process, the Korean participants asked specific questions on land ownership issues, environmental pollution or unification financing. The participants sought to draw lessons from Germany and to address possible issues arising after unification on the Korean peninsula.

Photo Exhibition "Instants of Peace" organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Goethe Institute in Seoul und Civil Peace Forum, (November 28 - December 20, 2016)

KDGW-FES-KIEP International Conference on "Change and Innovation in the Economy: Experiences and Perspectives from Germany and Korea" (Seoul, 24 to 26 November, 2016)

The global society and economy is going through common and substantial challenges such as digitalization, climate change, rising inequality and population aging.

In order to approach these challenges that arise from change and innovation through the perspective of global mega trends, the Koreanisch-Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftswissenschaften (KDGW) co-hosted with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Korea office and the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) the International Conference on "Change and Innovation in the Economy: Experiences and Perspectives from Germany and Korea" which was held in Seoul on 25th November, 2016.

The FES Korea office has invited two international experts on global mega trends: Prof. Daniel Buhr (Department of Policy Analysis and Political Economy, University of Tübingen) and Prof. Andrew DeWit (School of Economic Policy Studies, Rikkyo University). Prof. DeWit has delivered a keynote speech by pointing out the global mega trends at work and the governmental efforts for "Industrie 4.0" in Germany and "Creative Economy" in Korea. Prof. Buhr and Mr. Sven Schwersensky (Resident Representative, FES Korea) have contributed to the discussion to understand how these issues operate in both economies and which policy respronses are being envisaged. Especially the German Ambassador Mr. Stephan Auer has addressed the potential and importance for cooperation between the two countries with respect to the new era of innovation.

KLSI-FES Symposium on "EU-Korea FTA's Labour Standards Provisions and their Implementation Status" (Seoul, 23 November, 2016)

This year the European Commission has ordered an independant evaluation of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement on the occassion of its first five years of implementation. A special feature of the EU-Kore FTA is the sustainable development clause and in particular its reference to core labour standards. This is the reseason why the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) has been discussing the implementation of this chapter with its Korean and European trade union partners. As a result of this discussion a study was commissioned and conducted by the Korea Labor & Society Institute (KLSI).

In order to present and discuss the findings of the study the FES Korea office in cooperation with the KLSI has hosted a joint symposium which broad together Koran trade unionists and labour experts as wel as representatives from EU member states diplomatic missions in Korea on November 23, 2016.

The co-authors of the study have emphasized that the Korean government should make an additional effort to implement the international core labour standards. The participants also agreed that such a dialogue is meaningful both for Korean and European side.

FES Economy of Tomorrow Regional Conference and Vocational Training (Seoul, 10 to 15 October, 2016)

The Fourth industrial revolution is underway and traditional notions of job security are challenged. We need a social and democratic perspective which can shape the political economy of the future. We need a new economic model which is more inclusive, can create meaningful jobs and put welfare of workers at the centre. A change coalitions or discourse alliances are ways to adress the emerging trends.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung India office, in collaboration with the Korea office have invited experts from ten Asian countires to look into these aspect at the FES Economy of Tomorrow Regional Conference in Seoul. The project coordinators of the regional offices reformulated the focus for the next phase of the project, with identification of the three concrete work lines, namely urban transformation, digital transformation and energy transformation.

The democratic spaces are shrinking, at the same time, societies are becoming more culturally diverse and pluralistic in nature. There is an inertia in terms of policy dialogues and the communication channels seem to be saturated. To this effect, the team got introduced to Political Discourse Framing and Transformative Change Making methods during the conference.

Study Visit Programme on "Trade and Sustainable Development and the EU-Korea FTA for a Delegation of Representatives from Vietnamese Government, Trade Unions and Civil Society, co-organized by FES Hanoi and FES Seoul office (Seoul, Sejong, 18 to 24 September, 2016)

Last year Vietnam becam the second Southeast Asian country, after Singapore, to seal a trade agreement with the EU. The EU-Vietnam FTA contains a Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter to protect and promote labour rights and lays out comprehensive rules for climate and enviromental protection.

In cooperation with the Vietnam Office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Korea office organized a study visit programme on "Trade and Sustainable Development and the EU-Korea FTA" for a Delegation of Representatives from the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Vietnamese General Confederation of Labor (VGCL) and Civil Society such as People's Aid Coordinating Committee and Centre for Development and Integration.

The overarching objective of the visit was to convey the five year's experiences gained in the implementation of the EU-Korea FTA, particulary in the field of sustainable development with a focus on labour issues and civil society participation in the implementation of the  Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter to the Vietnamese delegation.

The guests from Vietnam held talks and discussed with the Korean members of Domestic Advisory Group of the EU-Korea FTA, civil society activists, trade unionists and academics. At the end of their visit, the Vietnamese guests confirmed they had learned a lot which they could use of the ongoing discussion in Vietnam, helping to continue the dialogue on sustainable development aspects of trade relations between EU and Vietnam.


Latest publication

Cultural heritage protection policy of Germany and restoration after German Reunification
Ahn, Doo-Soon

In Korean language

Searching for Provisional Energy Transition Design at Local and Sectoral Scale
Energy and Climate Policy Institute and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

In Korean language

A Study on the Conflict in the Process of Renewable Energy Supply and Search for Solution: Phase 2
Energy and Climate Policy Institute and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

In Korean language

A research on labour in social service - With a focus on four voucher schemes
Korean Women Workers Association and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

In Korean language

'Herv(herstory+vision)' looking at the past, the present and the future of Women's Social Rights Movement
Korean Women's Association United and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

In Korean language

I've had enough of THIS!
Korean Women Link and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

In Korean language 

My Unfair Job-Seeking Stories
Korean Women Link and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

In Korean language

Female Workers' Labour Union Participation by the Life Cycle
Korea Labour & Society Institute and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

In Korean language 

EU-Korea FTA's Labour Standards Provisions and their Implementaion Status
Korea Labour & Society Institute and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

In Korean language

Mind the Transformation Trap. Laying the Political Development for Sustainable Development
Marc Saxer

In Korean language