•About EUSA Korea•Greetings from President
Koo Woong Park
Welcome to the European Union Studies Association of Korea (EUSA-Korea)!
Since its establishment in 1994, the EUSA-Korea has continually endeavoured to play its role as a major European Union studies’ academic institution for the past 25 years with relentless efforts by the first President Professor Kim, Cae One, subsequent presidents and other members.
The EUSA-Korea conducts an in-depth research and paper presentations about the EU-related issues in particular and Europe in general through regular seminars and special conferences. Also, the EUSA-Korea publishes two journals, “Korean Journal of EU Studies” in Korean/English and “Asia-Pacific Journal of EU Studies” in English, each issued twice a year. The Korean Journal of EU Studies is indexed in the KCI (Korean Citation Index) while the Asia-Pacific Journal of EU Studies is indexed in the RISS and also in the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers. The EUSA-Korea involves itself in international exchange programs through its active participation in the ECSA-World Conferences and the EUSA Asia Pacific Conferences.
This year, the EUSA-Korea aims to work with two main issues. The first is the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (Brexit) and the second is the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the European single currency ‘euro’. First, the UK’s leave from the 28 member European Union has a far-reaching impact not only on the UK and the EU but also on the wider World beyond Europe. The realization of Brexit will bring us many issues about global trade as well as security and economic cooperation. Korea had enacted Free Trade Agreement with the EU in 2011 and is now negotiating the terms and conditions of a new trade agreement with the UK for the post-Brexit era. Second, the European single currency euro has been adopted as a new legal tender mainly for the accounting purposes in the eleven countries in the then 20-member European Union in 1999 and began to actually circulate in the market from 2002. An official currency in a nation has a much stronger meaning than just a medium of exchange or an accounting unit. Accepting a common currency implies fixing the exchange rate of its national currency with the counterparts of the member countries. The single currency ‘euro’ member country also delegates the major parts of its own monetary policy to the European Central Bank. The member countries may obtain more stability in the values of their ‘money’ but loses a large portion of their monetary policy independence. We plan to have special conferences on these two themes in April and August, respectively.
The EUSA-Korea is also planning to participate in the Joint Conference on European Studies in Korea in June and the 2019 EUSA Asia Pacific Conference in Shanghai, China in July. We will continue our voyage into the delightful and rewarding academic research and intellectual exchanges with our members and fellow researchers home and abroad. We warmly welcome anyone who wishes to be part of this journey. Your continuous interest in and support for the EUSA-Korea will be highly appreciated.