International Standards

The European Organisation of Military Associations (EUROMIL) is the umbrella organisation of 34 national military associations and trade unions. Originally founded in 1972, the Organisation promotes the social and professional interests of military personnel of all ranks in Europe. Stretching across more than 20 countries EUROMIL is the premier forum in Europe for the co-operation among professional military associations on issues of common concern. One of our main tasks is therefore to facilitate exchange of information, experiences and best practice among our member associations. The organisation, moreover, strives to secure and advance the human rights, fundamental freedoms and socio-professional interests of soldiers by monitoring and advocating in multinational negotiations on the European level. EUROMIL’s member associations and unions are committed to the principle of the ‘Citizen in Uniform’. As such, a soldier is entitled to the same rights and obligations as any other citizen. Therefore EUROMIL promotes the inclusion of military personnel into EU social and labour legislation.

EUROMIL maintains formal contacts with the EU Institutions, the Council of Europe (CoE), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Additionally, EUROMIL established partnerships with the European Movement International (EMI), the Kangaroo Group and Friends of Europe.

EUROMIL is organised as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and is a registered international not-for-profit organisation (aisbl) in Brussels, Belgium.

Funded exclusively by membership fees, EUROMIL keeps to strict non-denominational and politically independent policies.

Military associations entirely respect and abide by the chain of command, and neither condone or support insubordination and mutiny.

Associations do not intend to comment on strategic or operational matters.


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