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Trade Union Rights Recognized for Military Personnel by the European Committee of Social Rights

The European Social Charter should be interpreted as recognizing trade unions for military personnel. This is an important step towards the full recognition of the right to freedom of association for members of the armed forces. In September 2017, the European Committee on Social Rights (ECSR) decided on the complaint …

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Shrinking Space for Civil Society and Human Rights Defenders: A Problem Within the EU

On 18 January 2018, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) released a report on “Challenges facing civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU”. The shrinking space for civil society and human rights defenders in Europe endangers democracy in the European Union. As emphasised at regional …

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Family and Work: Major Challenge in the Spanish Armed Forces

Family conciliation, one of the most serious problems faced by the troop and seamanship scale The case of a soldier who has managed to get a judge to recognize her right not to have guards to take care of her daughter has set a precedent for which we must fight. …

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Armed Forces and Freedom of Religion or Belief

In the framework of the annual OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Europe’s largest human rights conference, EUROMIL and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) jointly organized a side-event on the topic of freedom of religion or belief in the armed forces on 14 September 2017. OSCE …

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Revolt of the Sailors

Abstract – The Portuguese Association of Caporals and Soldiers (AP – Associação de Praças), a member of EUROMIL, along with the Club of Caporals and Soldiers of the Navy (CPA – Clube de Praças da Armada) held a public ceremony at the Civic Center of Feijó on 9 September 2017. …

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On Our Watch – Back to Parliament

It’s September so it’s back to Parliament for our MEPs and EUROMIL, as part of the On Our Watch project, has some homework for them! In view of the European Parliament elections of 2019, European Civil Society Organisations have come together to consider achievements of the current Parliament, assess progress …

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EUROMIL Statement on the Termination of Contract for Soldiers in Montenegro

Since 2011, EUROMIL is actively engaged in supporting trade union rights in Montenegro. Among its members, EUROMIL counts a Montenegrin association, namely the “Trade Union of Defense and Army of Montenegro” (SOVCG). Further to the change of legislation which granted military personnel trade union rights in 2009, SOVCG was founded …

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EUROMIL Engages with the UN

As NGO in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), EUROMIL participated, as observer, in the 35th session of the Human Rights Council in June 2017. Composed of 47 Member States elected for three years, the Human Rights Council is the main United Nations intergovernmental body responsible for human rights. Meeting …

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Reflection paper on the future of European Defence

On 7 June 2017, the European Commission published a reflection paper on the future of European Defence which presents three different scenarios for moving towards a Security and Defence Union. On the same day, the European Commission issued a proposal to launch a European Defence Fund to support a more …

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General Assembly of N-COACA

On 6 June 2017, the Non-Commissioned Officers Association of the Cyprus Army (N-COACA) organised its 9th General Assembly in Nicosia. N-COACA joined EUROMIL in 2010 and has ever since been a highly respected and trusted member. Together with the Minister of Defence, Mr. Fokaides, the Chief of the National Guard, …

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