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Events 2011


3 Basic Labor Rights in Korea and Revision of TULRAA

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU) and the FES Korea jointly hold an international symposium on “International comparison of the 3 Basic Labor Rights and Revision of Trade Union and Labor Relations Adjustment Act (TULRAA)” on December 14-15, 2011 in Seoul. This seminar aims at analyzing the current infringement of trade union rights and activities under TULRRA and pointing out required improvements in laws and institutions in accordance with international standards by comparison with other countries. Ms Karen Curtis, Deputy Director of the ILO International Labor Standards Department, Mr. Roland Schneider from the OECD-TUAC and three trade union experts from Germany, Italy and France participate in this seminar to exchange their experiences with Korean trade unionists and experts.

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Globalization Strategy of Automobile Industry and Union’s Alternatives
Three German experts take part in the international conference “The Globalization Strategy of Automobile Industry and the Union’s Alternatives“on November 24, 2011 in Seoul, co-organized by Korean Association of Labor Studies and the FES Korea.

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Global Economic Crisis and Political Action
The Korean-German Academy of Economics and Management and the FES Korea jointly organise an international conference on “Global Economic Crisis and Political Actions of Korean and Germany” on November 11, 2011. Mr. Matthias Machnig, the Minister for Economy, Labor and Technology of the Free State of Thuringia, Germany, participates also in this conference and gives a Keynote Speech on “Germany and Korea after the Economic Crisis: Determinants and Future Prospects for Economic Development”. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Dullien, University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, and Prof. Dieter Wagner, University of Potsdam, participate in this conference in order to exchange their analyses on German and European crisis management with Korean experts.

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Toward Ecological Industrial Policy
Korea Development Institute (KDI) and the FES Korea jointly hold a two-day international conference on “Toward Ecological Industrial Policy: Transition and Challenges” on November 9-10, 2011. A number of leading scholars, experts from environment groups and policy makers are invited to discuss and present their insights. Especially, Mr. Matthias Machnig, the Minister for Economy, Labor and Technology of the Free State of Thuringia, Germany, participates in this conference and gives a Keynote Speech on “The Ecological Industrial Policy of the 21 Century”.

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Perception of Germany and Europe in Northeast Asian
The Korean Association for German History (KGDG), the Goethe Institute and the FES Korea jointly organise an international conference on "The Perception of Germany and Europe in Northeast Asian" on November 4-5, 2011 in Seoul.


Humanitarian and Development Assistance to the DPRK
The Korea Sharing Movement (KSM), Gyeonggi Province and FES Korea, sponsored by the European Union Delegation to South Korea, jointly hold a three-day international conference on “Humanitarian and Development Assistance to the DPRK: Socio-Economic Development of the DPRK and Industrial Cooperation” on November 2-4, 2011 in Seoul. A number of experts from groups active in North Korean aid work attend this conference and exchange their experiences.


Health Care Delivery System
The Korean Health & Medical Workers' Union (KHMU), supported by the FES, holds the KHMU workshop from November 2011 to February 2012 which is a discussion series on reorganization of health care delivery system.


Way to Welfare State
A German expert, Prof. Sven Jochem from the University of Konstanz, participates in an international symposium on “Way to Welfare State in South Korea” on October 14, 2011 in Seoul. This symposium is jointly organized by the Institute for Participatory Society of PSPD, the Hankyoreh Institute for Social Policy and the FES Korea.


MNCs and PIPs Organising
The Building and Wood International (BWI) Asia Pacific Regional Office and the FES Korea jointly organise a BWI regional seminar on “MNCs and PIPs Organising” from 19 to 22 September in Seoul.


Urban Regeneration and Regional Economy Vitalization
The Hope Institute and the FES Korea jointly hold international forums on “Urban Regeneration and Regional Economy Vitalization - Sharing Success Stories from German Local Authorities: Bremen and Leipzig” on September 20-22, 2011, in Incheon, Suwon and Koyang respectively. Dr. Ralph Baumheier from Bremen and Mr. Stefan Heinig from Leipzig take part in this programme.


Rapprochement and Reconciliation
Mr. Axel Schmidt-Gödeliz, a Founder and Chairman of the East-West Forum Germany, attends a 4th International NGOs Conference on History and Peace on “Rewriting the Next Hundred Years of East Asia History” in Seoul, co-organized by the International NGO History Forum for Peace in East Asia together with the Northeast Asian History Foundation and the Yonsei University Institute of Korean Studies. He gives a Keynote address on “Learning from Germany’s Case of Reconciliation in East and West Germany”. In addition, he also participates in a dialogue with Mr. Schmidt-Gödeliz on “On the Way to the Inner Integration: Experience with Rapprochement and Reconciliation between East and West Germans” on August 23, 2011 in Seoul. It is jointly organised by the Korea Dialogue Academy and the FES Korea.


Civic Education for Democracy
Korea Democracy Foundation, supported by the FES Korea, implements the civic education of democracy teacher’s training programme from July to August 2011.


Health Care Financing and Cost-Containment
Dr. Monika Steffen, Senior Research Fellow from the French National Research Center (CNRS), Grenoble University, and Mr. Franz Knieps, Partner at Wiese Consult, a former Director-General at Federal Ministry of Health, Germany, participate in an international seminar on “Health Care Financing and Cost-Containment” on June 17, 2011 in Seoul. This event is jointly organised by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA) and the FES Korea.


Social Integration and Multicultural Society
Dr. Lale Akgün, Director-General in the State Chancellery of the North Rhine-Westphalia, and  Prof. Haci Halil Uslucan from the University of Duisburg-Essen, take part in a symposium on “ Migration and Integration as Challenges for social cohesion in Korea and Germany” on May 31, 2011 in Seoul. This event is co-organized by the Korean-German Academy for Social Sciences and the FES Korea. In addition, they also attend a meeting of the Alumni Association of former FES scholarship holders and give speech on this theme.


Korean Society and Social Democracy
The Korea Dialogue Academy and the FES Korea jointly hold a forum on the current state and prospects of European Social Democracy and possible lessons for Korea on May 13, 2011 in Seoul. A number of leading figures of Korean politics and society attend this forum, including former Prime Minister Han Myeong-Sook and Lee Hong-Koo as well as Representatives Lee Mi-Kyung and Jong Bum-Goo.


Power Shifts and Impact on Northeast Asia
Prof. Harald Müller, an executive director of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), participates in an forum and gives a speech on “Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula in the Tension of Global Power Shift” on April 20, 2011 in Seoul. This event is jointly organised by the Korea Peace Forum and the FES Korea. In addition, he engages in several talks concerning security affairs on the Korean peninsula.


European and Asian Affairs
The Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) and the EU Research Center (EURC) of Korea University, supported by the FES, organise a special lecture series on European and Asian affairs for graduate and post-graduate students during 2011.


Rubber Industry and MNCs Trade Union Network
The International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM) and the FES Korea office jointly hold an Asia-Pacific Region Rubber Industry and MNCs Trade Union Network Coordinating Meeting on April 22-23, 2011 in Seoul.


Innovative Reforms of Work-Family Balance
The Korean Women Workers Associations (KWWA), supported by the FES, starts a research project on the innovative reformation of work-family balance - focusing on reforming system and raising awareness to prevent women's career interruption and holds a forum on this issue.


Changes of Women’s Reality Viewed
The Korean Women Link (KWL), supported by the FES, initiates a research project on “Changes of Women’s Reality Viewed from an Employment Counsel in Recent Five Years". A forum on this issue will be held in November 1, 2011 in Seoul and the results of this project will be published in December 2011.


Peace and Inter-Korean Relationship
The Civil Peace Forum, supported by the FES, meets regularly to discuss the prospects of peace on the Korean Peninsula. An International Conference "Peace on the Korean Peninsula" will be held in November and the results of this project will be published in December 2011.


KLSI Labour Forum
The Korea Labor and Society Institute (KLSI), supported by the FES, holds the KLSI Labour Forum which is a discussion series on major trade union topics with various stakeholders.


Employment Relations and Labor Process of Major Service Industries
The Korea Labor and Society Institute (KLSI), supported by the FES, initiates a research project on “Employment Relations and Labor Process of Major Service Industries in Korea" and holds a workshop on this issue. A report on the results of this effort will be published toward the end of the year.


Labour Movement and Progressive Political Parties
The Korea Labor and Society Institute (KLSI), supported by the FES, begins a research project on "Comparative study on the Relationship between labor movements and progressive political parties in Korea, Europe, Brazil and South Africa" and organizes a workshop on this issue. Its results will be published toward the end of the year.


Korea Peace Forum Strategic Report
The Korea Peace Forum (KPF), supported by the FES, holds eight closed debate sessions,  two open academic conferences  in June and October with relevant themes of the June 15 and October 4 Joint declarations, respectively, and two intensive workshops to draw up and finalize a strategic report on the future of inter-Korean relations. The strategic report will be published in early 2012.


New Issues of the FES Information Series
In the course of the year, FES Korea will publish about eight issues of the FES Information Series (in Korean). All issues will be available for download on the website of FES Korea.