Climate diplomacy: Executive Vice-President Timmermans in South Korea and Singapore for climate talks

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This week, Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans travelled to South Korea and Singapore, both key international partners who share the EU’s ambitions for global climate action. He discussed further Green Deal cooperation in the region, encouraging our partners to live up to their full potential as frontrunners in climate action, and preparations for COP26 where South Korea and Singapore will be valuable allies in the important negotiations on finalizing the Paris Agreement rulebook. Executive Vice-President Timmermans said : “It was good to meet our partners in South Korea and Singapore and discuss in person how we can grow the global momentum for climate action. This year is crucial for international action on climate change, biodiversity protection and the circular economy. Both South Korea and Singapore are key partners for the EU and we are looking forward to intensifying our cooperation on the transition to a green and healthy future, in particular in the run up to COP26.” During his visit to Seoul, Executive Vice-President Timmermans held meetings with South Korean Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum, Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, Industry Minister Moon Sung-wook, Environment Minister Han Jeong-ae as well as Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary General of the United Nations and the President and Chair of GGGI (Global Green Growth Institute) and Kong Young-woon, President of the Hyundai Motor Group. A full statement on his mission to South Korea is available here. In Singapore, Executive Vice-President Timmermans met Singapore’s Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. A full statement on his mission to Singapore is available here.