Karel De Gucht
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Commissioner on EU and South Korea free-trade pact

17 February 2011 Last updated at 17:23 GMT

The European Parliament has ratified a free-trade pact between the EU and South Korea - clearing the way for the deal to come into effect from July.

The agreement is expected to double the value of trade in goods between the EU and South Korea to about 100bn euros (£84bn; $135bn).

The EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht told the BBC's Hugh Schofield the agreement will allow more exports for traders.