July 01, 2020 13:15
The EU lifted entry restrictions on Korean travelers after an extensive leaders' conference between the two sides.
President Moon Jae-in and Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, on Tuesday discussed a joint response to the coronavirus epidemic and Korea's implementation of international labor standards.
It was Moon's first summit with foreign leaders this year and was the first Korea-EU summit in a year and eight months.
In a joint statement, the EU leaders asked Korea "to make continued efforts to take relevant measures on labor issues, including the ratification of the fundamental International Labour Organization Conventions."
The EU leaders reminded Moon of Korea's obligation to ratify the conventions as soon as possible in accordance with the bilateral free trade agreement. The EU earlier complained that Seoul violated the FTA by failing to ratify some provisions on union membership and other issues.
Last week the Cabinet signed off on one of them that is now going before the National Assembly.
The leaders also "shared their respective experience in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic," the joint statement says, and "discussed the need for mutual support to ensure access to medical products, as well as cooperation in research and development of vaccines and medicines, to respond to emerging infectious diseases." They also agreed that the future vaccine should "become a global common good."
The EU decided to lift entry restrictions on travelers from 14 countries like Korea and Japan on Wednesday.
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