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Written question – VP/HR – Contribution to defence operations from countries that share EU values – E-002613/2017

The Republic of Korea has recently joined the EU’s counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia. As part of Operation Atalanta, the Choi Young warship is partnering EU NAVFOR warships in efforts to prevent acts of piracy, to protect World Food Programme vessels carrying humanitarian aid and to support EU sister missions that are working to strengthen maritime security in the Horn of Africa.

The contribution of a Korean warship has been made possible by the EU-Republic of Korea Framework Agreement, which provides for the participation of Korea in EU crisis management operations. Korea has also contributed to the Combined Maritime Forces.

Taking into account the challenges that lie ahead for the EU in the global arena, as well as the need to join forces with countries that share our values in order to successfully overcome these challenges, does the High Representative foresee any opportunity to provide for the possibility of further contributions from the Republic of Korea within the Union’s External Action?

Similarly, in the light of the shifting dynamics of the current world order, which require the EU to work more closely with like-minded allies, could the High Representative state whether it would be possible to conduct more joint operations of this kind with other countries that uphold our values?