Past Events


On Thursday, September 12, 2013, the Asan Institute for Policy Studies hosted a closed roundtable discussion with Mr. Viorel ISTICIOAIA BUDURA, Managing Director for Asia & the Pacific at the European External Action Service (EEAS).

Members of the EEAS and the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea met with Asan Institute experts to discuss pending issues on the Korean Peninsula and how to broaden relations between the EU and East Asia.

Mr. Viorel ISTICIOAIA BUDURA is the Managing Director for Asia & the Pacific at the European External Action Service. He is also a guest professor at Beijing University of Foreign Studies and a member of the Council of the Association of the Beijing University Alumni. Between 2002 and 2010, he was the ambassador of Romania to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia. Previously he was Romania’s ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Other former positions include minister counsellor at the Embassy of Romania, London and deputy director at the UN Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, as well as minister counsellor at the Embassy of Romania, Tokyo. Ambassador Isticioaia Budura holds a B.A. in philosophy and history from the University of Bucharest as well as a bachelor degree in Chinese language and literature from Nankai niversity, Tianjin, China.