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Damning Conclusions: Defence Personnel Shows Minister The Red Card

Abstract – The survey conducted by the military unions amongst the defence personnel, in which almost 8.500 men and women participated, produced shocking conclusions about the confidence in the Dutch Minister of Defence Hennis and the high-ranking officers surrounding her. Two in three soldiers have little or no confidence in …


Assuming Political Responsibility – Also As Soldier

Abstract – The forthcoming German parliamentary elections are held in September 2017. As the election campaigns are taking up speed, the German Armed Forces Association looks at the guidelines applying for soldiers when getting involved in politics: According to the principles of “Innere Führung” (Internal Leadership), German soldiers are encouraged …


New Working Time Regulation For The German Armed Forces

Abstract – The EU Working Time Directive was implemented for the German Armed Forces about a year ago. Time for the German Armed Forces Association (DBwV) to take stock: In an interview with the magazine of the DBwV, Lieutenant General Eberhard Zorn from the Federal Ministry of Defence points out that …


Strategic Plan And Reform Of Pension System: Totally Incompatible

The Belgian government adopted a strategic vision for its armed forces last summer. This document lays down the missions, force structure and capital investments for the period until 2030. A few months after the publication of this plan, the government decided to dramatically increase the retirement age of the military …


Together For A Safer And Social Europe For All

Our last editorials focused on the external and internal security challenges the European Union is facing, the new geostrategic landscape it finds itself in, and the attempts to use the momentum and create a more coordinated approach to European defence. Security challenges are however not the only defiance Europe is …


Situation in Greece

The Greek association ANEAED published an opinion piece on the impact of the economic crisis on the Greece people in general and the military personnel in particular. The opinion piece is available here. For more information please contact ANEAED .


Colloquium Promoted by AP

In an unprecedented worthy of note initiative, a colloquium about “Military Recruitment – Challenges and Opportunities” organised by the Portuguese association representing soldiers and corporals (Associação de Praças – AP,) took place on 15 February 2017 at the National Defence Institute in Lisbon. The event aimed at promoting the discussion …


Interpretative Communication on the EU Working Time Directive

The European Commission announced to publish an interpretative communication on the EU Working Time Directive (WTD) in March 2017, complementing the European Pillar of Social Rights. The topic of working time regulations is of major importance for EUROMIL and its member associations, which is why the organisation has followed the …

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Impact of European Chemical Regulations on the Defence Sector

On 26 January, the European Defence Agency (EDA) published the results of a study which analysed the impact of European chemical regulations on the defence sector. The concrete regulations under examination were the EU’s regulations on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and on the Classification, Labelling and …


EUROMIL Invited to Lithuania’s Tripartite Council

On 10 January 2017, EUROMIL’s President Emmanuel Jacob spoke at the meeting of the Tripartite Council of the Lithuanian Republic about military trade unionism. EUROMIL had been invited by Kristina Krupaviciené, the Chairperson of the Tripartite Council. At the Tripartite Council in December 2016, the President of EUROMIL’s Lithuanian member …


EUROMIL Position on the European Pillar of Social Rights

To make the voice of military personnel heard in the consultation process on the European Pillar of Social Rights, EUROMIL did not only answer the questionnaire but also put forward a position paper on the issue. The position paper highlights the importance of the right of association to be implemented …


2016, a remarkable year!

At the end of each year one should take the time to reflect on the past twelve months but also to look ahead at what is on the agenda for the next year. Let’s look at 2016 in a nutshell! The civil war in Syria turned into a proxy war …

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