Euromil News

The Eagle Took Off

Ten years ago, on 13 December 2007, the Heads of State or Government of the Member States of the European Union signed the Lisbon Treaty. They agreed amongst others “on the progressive framing of a common defence policy that might lead to common defence”. It needed however several years before …

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Euromil News

Priorities of the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency

Bulgaria will take over the Presidency of the EU Council from Estonia on 1 January 2018 until the end of June 2018. The Presidency rotates every 6 months, and will be held by Austria in the second half of 2018. Bulgaria, which has joined the EU in 2007, will hold …

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Euromil News

EUROMIL Visit at the Armed Forces Disabled Veterans Association

On 5 December 2017, EUROMIL’s President and Project Officer visited the Armed Forces Disabled Veterans Association (ADFA) in Lisbon, Portugal. The visit was arranged by EUROMIL’s Portuguese Board Member A. Lima Coelho, in the context of EUROMIL’s activity plan which foresees greater engagement around veterans (mental) health. ADFA is an …

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Euromil News

PESCO: Step by Step Towards a Final Council Decision!

Step by step Without any doubt, the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) will be a significant milestone: Not only because it will bind those member states that join PESCO to a certain number of commitments, but especially because it demonstrates the political will of a majority of member states to get …

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Euromil News

Democratic Control of Armed Forces – From National to European Oversight

The Brussels Office of the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom together with the European Organisation of Military Associations (EUROMIL) organized the second event of the tripartite series „Overcoming Obstacles on the Way to European Army“ on 31 October 2017. This public debate pursued the question, if and how democratic control mechanisms over …

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Euromil News

EUROMIL Statement on the Situation in Montenegro

In August 2017, EUROMIL was informed by its Montenegrin member SOVCG about the termination of contract for several soldiers in Montenegro, and the complete lack of a social dialogue on the issue. EUROMIL reacted with a public statement. In October 2017, the President of EUROMIL was furthermore informed that the …

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Euromil News

Civil Rights of Military Servants – Challenges and Developments

One of the ombuds institutions competent for military personnel with which EUROMIL is in contact with through the yearly meetings of the International Conference of Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces (ICOAF), is the office of the Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia. At the occasion of the spring 2017 NATO …

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Euromil News

116th EUROMIL Presidium Meeting in Riga

On 20 October 2017, about 60 delegates from 20 member and observer associations of EUROMIL came to Riga, Latvia for the 116th Presidium Meeting. EUROMIL holds Presidium Meetings twice every year. The Presidium approves the policy of the Board and provides impetus for the prospective further development of EUROMIL policy. …

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Euromil News

7th Belgrade Security Forum

The 7th Belgrade Security Forum (BSF) entitled “Building a Common Future in the Age of Uncertainty” was organised on 11 – 13 October 2017 by the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, the European Movement in Serbia and the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy in collaboration with several partners. “The world …

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Euromil News

9ICOAF: “The Moral Compass of the Armed Forces: How Ombuds Institutions Can Break Down Barriers to Achieve Change”

From 8-10 October 2017, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the Service Complaints Ombudsman of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom organised the 9th International Conference of Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces (9ICOAF) in London. Lt Gen Richard Nugee CVO, CBE Chief …

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