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From July to October, the Chamber actively involved in facilitating dialogues with the Korean and European governments. The highlights include hosting a breakfast meeting with Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and more.
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On October 11, ECCK Chairperson Dimitris Psillakis delivered the keynote speech at the Korea Herald Biz Forum 2019 “Korea in crisis: How to survive in an era of trade wars and industrial risks.” Attended by 200 government officials, business representatives and leaders, including Joh Sung-wook, Korea Fair Trade Commissioner, and Kwon Pyung-oh, CEO of KOTRA, Chairperson Psillakis spoke about the need for interactive communication and cooperation between the government and private sectors for decision-making in times of uncertainty and tough challenges. In his speech, Chairperson Psillakis emphasized the significance of adoption and application of international standards in the Korean regulatory environment. “With application of international standards, Korea will provide a conducive environment to encourage the inflow of foreign capital and technology, as well as further strengthen the competitiveness of Korea’s industries in the global market.”, said Chairperson Psillakis. He also noted, “businesses must ultimately recognize, that it is in their own interest to self-regulate, create proper, transparent and strict rules of internal governance, which safeguards compliance to industry or country rules and regulations, and promotes an integrated and fair company operation practice”, stressing what businesses need to do in order to create a transparent and responsible market. The ECCK would like to congratulate The Korea Herald for organizing a successful event.
ECCK Chairperson Speaks at Korea Herald Biz Forum 2019
October 11, 2019
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On the morning of October 22, the ECCK hosted a breakfast meeting with Minister of the Ministry of SMEs and Startups (MSS) Park Young-sun at Grand Hyatt Seoul. Attended by ECCK’s member companies Mercedes Benz, BASF, L’Oreal, Phillips, SAP and Schneider-Electric, the European companies have discussed on finding and fostering startups with Minister Park.
Breakfast Meeting with MSS Minister Park Young-sun
October 22, 2019
On September 30, ECCK has made partnerships with Air France KLM, Alitalia, Finnair, and Lufthansa, on a commitment by the ECCK to always choose to option offered by each airline to compensate carbon emissions. ECCK would like to thank our European airlines carriers for joining and supporting this initiative. We hope many other companies would follow us and to also include a CO2 compensation procedure in their travel policies.
ECCK Commitment to Offset Carbon Footprint with European Airlines
September 30, 2019
On September 27, ECCK Chemical Committee organized a roundtable meeting with the Ministry of Environment (ME) Chemical Products and Biocides Division and European Biocidal Products Forum in Cefic. Attended by several chemical industry professionals from companies including P&G and BASF Korea as well as from concerned government agencies, the meeting covered updates on EU BPR, including innovation/treated articles/(Biocidal product Families) and important differences between EU and K-BPR. We would like to express our gratitude to ME Director Mr. Jun Wook Han and ECCK Committee members for their active participation and valuable inputs.
Roundtable Meeting on K-BPR with ME and Cefic
september 27, 2019
On September 26, ECCK Chairperson Dimitris Psillakis attended the ‘Dialogue with Foreign Investors in Materials & Components Industry’ at Grand Hyatt Seoul.

Attended by Minister for Trade Yoo Myung-hee from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), Foreign Investment Ombudsman Kim Sung-jin, and representatives from foreign chambers in Korea as well as major foreign-invest companies in materials & components industry, the meeting was held to update and share the current issues in trade and industries. During the meeting, Chairperson Dimitris Psillakis emphasized that international standards should be applied on every level and for all industries. He said, “With the application of international standards, Korea will provide a conducive environment to encourage the inflow of foreign capital and technology, as well as further strengthen the competitiveness of Korea’s industries in global market.”

<Photo Credit: Yonhap News>
ECCK Attends Dialogue with Foreign Investors in Materials & Components Industry
September 26, 2019
In the morning of September 17, the ECCK organized a special breakfast meeting with Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary-General and Chairman of National Council on Climate and Air Quality, with over 100 representatives from ECCK members in attendance at Grand Hyatt Seoul. Chairman Ban shared his visions on how to combat air pollution and environment health risks that are posing a great threat to the Korean society today and listened to the participants questions and concerns during the breakfast meeting. In April 2019, Mr. Ban has been elected as the Chairman of National Council on Climate and Air Quality, a presidential committee wholly committed to tackle air pollution and climate change crises in Korea. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Chairman Ban and our valued members for their active participation during the meeting.
Breakfast Meeting with Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
September 17, 2019
On August 30, ECCK Cosmetics Committee organized a roundtable meeting with Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) Cosmetics Policy Division, the key office of handling Cosmetics Policies in Korea. The meeting was attended by Ms Mira Choi, Director of MFDS Cosmetics Policy Division, members of the Cosmetics Committee, and the Delegation of the European Union in Seoul.
Roundtable Meeting with MFDS Cosmetics Policy Division
August 30, 2019
An interview with ECCK Chairperson Dimitris Psillakis was aired on Arirang TV news show “The Chamber” on Wednesday, August 7. Chairperson Dimitris Psillakis talks about the significance of the Korean market for European companies, the Korean business environment today, and positive changes that are being made by the ECCK. Click on the link to view the full interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhuki4KCBtY
Arirang TV Interview with ECCK Chairperson Dimitris Psillakis
August 7, 2019
On July 25, ECCK President Christoph Heider delivered donations collected during the All European Network Night 2019 to the Jeon Jin Sang Clinic with Belgium Korean Business Forum (BKBF) President Gertjan Boulet.
The Jeon Jin Sang Clinic was founded by Dr. Marie-Helene Brasseur in 1975 to provide medical care to the underprivileged elderly. It is run by a team of dedicated volunteers.
ECCK Delivers Donations to Jeon Jin Sang Clinic
July 25, 2019
On July 24, the ECCK delivered a presentation on regulatory issues related to European companies at the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC)’s Market Structure Analysis Forum. ECCK Vice President Bo Sun Kim, Automotive Committee Head Changhoon Rim, and Cosmetics/Healthcare Committees Head Ansook Park participated and had an active Q&A session with KFTC staffs.
ECCK Participates in KFTC’s Market Structure Analysis Forum
July 24, 2019
On July 24, ECCK President Christoph Heider met with Ban Ki-moon, the 8th Secretary-General of the UN and Chairman of the Ban Ki-moon Foundation For a Better Future, at the Foundation’s office in Seoul. During the meeting, President Heider and former Secretary-General Ban discussed current environmental issues and ways to promote UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Korea as well as the possibility of cooperation in the future.
ECCK Meets with Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
July 24, 2019
On October 30, ECCK Automotive Committee participated in the third breakfast meeting with Chairman of Environment and Labor Committee of National Assembly Hack Yong Kim at National Assembly Main Building. Attended by the Vice Minister of Environment, Ministry of Environment responded to ECCK’s recommendations for environmental regulations in the transportation sector. The participants will continue to proceed with constructive discussion and cooperation. We would like to express appreciation to Chairman Hack Yong Kim, Vice Minister of Environment and ECCK Automotive Committee members for their active participation.
Third Breakfast Meeting with E&L Chairman of National Assembly
October 30, 2019
On October 2, ECCK President Christoph Heider had a meeting with Vice Mayor for Economic Affairs of Busan Metropolitan City Yoo Jae Soo. During the meeting, ECCK proposed ideas on the possible cooperation with Busan Metropolitan City to facilitate an open dialogue between the European companies and local government. We would like to express our gratitude to Vice Mayor Yoo.
Courtesy Visit to Busan Metropolitan City
October 2, 2019
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