European Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ECCK)

The European Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ECCK) is a non-profit, non-political organization, established to support European businesses operating in or related to Korea.[1] The primary objective of the Chamber is to provide its members with information, communication, and access pertaining to the business and regulatory environment of Korea.[2]

ECCK's headquarter is located in Seoul, South Korea, and a chapter is located in Busan.

HistoryEdit

By registering with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (South Korea), the ECCK was officially founded as a non-profit, non-political organization on December 3, 2012. The ECCK is not affiliated with any branch of the Korean government.[3]

StructureEdit

Entrusted with member's mandate, the Board of Director presides over the organization. The Advisory Board embodies representatives of national chambers and embassies, providing general guidance and advice. The Secretariat functions to execute the ECCK's day-to-day activities and operations.

Board of DirectorsEdit

The Board of Directors consists of nine elected persons: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Director, Treasurer, and Trustee. The Board of Director is responsible for overseeing and making policy decisions for the ECCK.[4]

Advisory BoardEdit

The Advisory Board consists of representatives of the business community of each Member State of the European Union or the European Free Trade Association. The Advisory Board meets on a quarterly basis.

SecretariatEdit

The Secretariat functions to execute the ECCK's day-to-day activities and operations.

ActivitiesEdit

The ECCK provides expansive range of supporting programs and services. Through its various activities, the ECCK advocates for its members to advance and optimize their business opportunities in Korea.

CommitteesEdit

The Chamber has 16 Committees, covering various industries.[5] Composed of participating member companies, Committees assist members to keep informed of regulations, to improve market intelligence, and to express positions on specific trade issues. The ECCK Committees are managed by Directors assigned by the ECCK, and Committee Chairpersons are elected by members.

ForumsEdit

While Committees address industry-specific issues to Korean government counterparts, Forums focus primarily on cross-industry topics such as human resources or corporate social responsibilities. The ECCK Forums are held on a regular basis throughout the year.

EventsEdit

The ECCK organizes conferences and seminars of industrial relevance for knowledge sharing. Formal and informal networking events[6] are hosted to encourage information exchange and business relationships.[7] Furthermore, the ECCK also functions as the first point of contact for European executives and officials coming to Korea.

PublicationsEdit

As a platform for information exchange, the ECCK circulates publications to inform members of the current market situation, key regulatory issues, and notable social trends in Korea. In addition, the Chamber conducts surveys on the business climate in Korea and interviews to gather industry-expert opinions.

  • ECCK White Paper[8]
  • ECCK Membership Directory
  • Business Confidence Survey[9]
  • ECCK Connect (quarterly magazine)[10]
  • Monthly Newsletter[11]

Membership benefitsEdit

  • Access to timely information on Korea's regulatory environment, EU-Korea FTA implementation, and general business issues
  • Insight into Korean political and economic context, access to best social networks in the country, and connections to heighten your business operation
  • Updates on government policies, taxation, legislation, laws and regulations
  • Representation of industry-specific issues to Korean government
  • Informational exchange via networking and educational workshops

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "European Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ECCK) - The EU Asia Business Link". EU Asia Business Link. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  2. ^ "FTC head briefs on competition rules". 2016-06-28. Archived from the original on 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  3. ^ "- European Commission". ec.europa.eu. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  4. ^ "[INTERVIEW] ECCK chairman looks to Moon for deregulation". Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  5. ^ "Committees and Forums - European Chamber of Commerce in Korea". Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  6. ^ "ECCK Events Calendar - European Chamber of Commerce in Korea". Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  7. ^ "유럽상공회의소, '유럽 기업인 친선 리셉션' 개최 - 머니투데이 뉴스". Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  8. ^ "ECCK releases white paper on Europe-Korea business". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  9. ^ Herald, The Korea (2017-01-17). "Political crisis has made business in Korea more difficult: ECCK". Retrieved 2017-07-12.
  10. ^ "Magazine - European Chamber of Commerce in Korea". Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  11. ^ "Newsletter - European Chamber of Commerce in Korea". Retrieved 2016-07-22.

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