• DIGITALEUROPE visits Korean members and partner association KEA

    14 May 2018During her stay in the Republic of Korea, DG Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl had the opportunity to visit the manufacturing sites and innovation centres of Samsung and LG Electronics in Suwon and Paju, respectively. She also engaged with various public and private stakeholders including DIGITALEUROPE’s partner association KEA, the EU Delegation in Korea and the European Chamber of Commerce EECK.

    Both LG Electronics and Samsung demonstrated great efforts to showcase their latest technological innovations during the visit of DIGITALEUROPE’s DG Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl to Korea. Among others, Samsung invited the DIGITALEUROPE delegation to its Innovation Museum in Samsung Digital City, Suwon, where the delegates were taken to the R&D headquarter. DG Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl discussed Samsung’s priorities during a high-level lunch with Peter Rhee, Vice President of the Global Public Affairs Team of the Corporate Management Office of Samsung Electronics and Theodore Choi, Vice President of the Global Legal Affairs Team of the Corporate Legal Office. LG Electronics also organized a private tour through the LG Display R&D park in Paju, presenting innovative and future-looking solutions for monitors. The meeting was concluded with a high-level lunch with Sang Lee, Senior Vice President Head of TV Sales/Marketing Group of LG Display as well as Sam Kim, Senior Vice President of the TV Product Planning Department.

    The meetings with our members were extended by various fruitful exchanges of views with  KEA, ECCK  and the EU Delegation in Korea. DIGITALEUROPE’s DG Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl reiterated her interest in closer partnership and cooperation, emphasising the potential of stronger cooperation in the field of cyber security, data protection, sustainability and R&D.

    The CEO and President, Insuk Nam, of KEA, the sector association representing the Korean electronic industry, invited the DIGITALEUROPE delegation to their premises to discuss opportunities of advancing their associations’ collaboration in the future, in particular on market access, standardization and environmental issues. The President of the European Chamber of Commerce (ECCK), Christoph Heider, valued DIGITALEUROPE’s presence, encouraging a stronger presence of European industry in Korea in going forward. They demonstrated a particular interest in advancing common work on standardization issues and pushing for an overhaul of the EU-Korea FTA to take stock of technological developments. At last, the EU Delegation to Korea was apprehensive of our industry’s suggestions and concerns, showing willingness to continue and deepen the dialogue in the years to come.

    Overall, DIGITALEUROPE is grateful for this insightful and educational visit, both from a personal and professional perspective; for the hospitality our members and old and new partners showed during our time in Korea. We will take all new ideas and perspectives on board, seeking to incorporate them into our daily policy work in Brussels.


    For more information, contact:

    Sarah Wagner
    Policy Manager
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