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South Korea and the European Union: A promising partnership for development cooperation?

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Since it joined the OECD-DAC, Korea has become an increasingly important development actor. Korea is keen to develop partnerships with traditional donors and has already done so with a number of European member states.
Given the relevance of Korea’s remarkable development experience, not least with a view to bridging Northern and Southern agendas, as well as the synergies between Korean and European development priorities, greater EU-Korean cooperation on development could prove particularly fruitful. The EU-Korea strategic partnership contains commitments to collaborate on development. These commitments should be translated into practical cooperation activities in order to realise the potential of this partnership.


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