(6 October 2016) Attacks on trade unions and the worsening labour rights situation in the Republic of Korea were one of the main items on the agenda of the Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that met on 5 October. The EU DAG and its counterpart in Korea oversee the implmentation in particualr of the sustanable development chapter to the EU-Korea FTA.
A comprehensive update on the many problems was presented to the group (attached). The report includes information from a recent joint PSI/ITF delegation to Korea (see http://www.world-psi.org/en/union-mission-delivers-strong-statement-it-stands-alongside-korean-strikers). The DAG agreed to draft a joint letter to the European Commission regarding the Korean Government’s breach of its commitments made in the EU-Korea FTA and in particular the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter. The European Commission is evaluating the implementation of the EU-Korea FTA and is currently drawing up an ‘inception report’. The draft report will soon be available at http://www.eukorea-eval.com/
The DAG also discussed the report from the European Parliament (EP) on the implementation of the EU-Korea FTA and outcomes of the EP's mission to the Republic of Korea, which took place in May 2016; and also the state of play and the next steps in the EU-Korea joint project related to the ILO Convention No. 111.
More information about the meeting as well as the activities of the DAG can be found on the EU DAG website