EU-Korea Civil Society Forum calls for concrete steps to address gender pay gap and improve labour standards

The Civil Society Forum under the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement held its sixth meeting in Seoul on 11 April, co-chaired by Lee Ho-Geun and Georgi Stoev. In their joint statement, the co-chairs emphasised that the uncertain geopolitical environment posed new challenges for EU-Korea relations. They called for shared values and interests to be promoted in the region and for the partnership between Korea and the EU to be made more relevant to citizens' expectations.

The Civil Society Forum recommended that the main emission-intensive sectors in Korea and the EU should make use of the new circular economy models to help decarbonise industries and improve quality of life. The two parties expressed their commitment to a sustainable and inclusive global economy. It was agreed that equal pay for work should be a key priority for both the EU and Korea. The Forum also emphasised the need to conduct a constructive social dialogue with representatives of employers and workers on employment, labour policy and law. (sg)