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German Bundestag – Forming a Grand Coalition

Abstract – The coalition agreement negotiated between the CDU and the SPD is a few weeks old. If the members of the SPD agree, it will be the program of the new federal government and the federal government can be elected. After the publication of the draft coalition agreement you …

Munich Security Conference – Participation of the DBwV

Abstract – The world was a guest at the Munich Security Conference and the DBwV was there. The caretaker government was represented by Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière and Development Minister Gerd Müller. The DBwV has been present there for many …

Leadership of the EUROMIL Delegation of the DBwV

Abstract – In the future, the EUROMIL delegation of the DBwV will be led by Deputy Federal Chairman Captain Andreas Steinmetz. He will participate in the EUROMIL Presidium Meetings. As a member of the EUROMIL Presidium he represents the positions of the DBwV at the EUROMIL Presidium Meetings. The original …

Interview with Rudolf Schmelzer

Abstract – Deputy Chairman West, Rudolf Schmelzer, is a longtime member of the EUROMIL delegation of the DBwV. In the last weeks, he has arranged appointments with Members of the European Parliament. He exchanged views with inter alia Birgit Collin-Langen, Sabine Verheyen and Elmar Brok (all CDU) as well as …

Deployment-related Mental Health Support for the Belgian Military

Abstract – Mental health is just as important for serviceman and women as military readiness and physical fitness. The current mental health approach of the Belgian armed forces is suboptimal and needs to be improved. The in-theatre and the post-deployment care need profound adjustments. Among other things, the assistance for disorders …

A Step in the Right Direction for the Implementation of the Working Time Directive

On 21 February 2018 the Court of Justice of the European Union published a judgment (C-518/15) on the stand-by time of a worker who is obliged to respond to calls from the employer within a short time. The Court decided that this stand-by time must be regarded as working time. …

Diversity and Inclusion in Security

On 18 February 2018, the President of EUROMIL opened the “Diversity and Inclusion in Security” event which was organised by the association Deutscher.Soldat and partly sponsored by the DBwV, in the margins of the Munich Security Conference in Munich. President Jacob explained that   EUROMIL continuously advocates human rights including equal …

New Agreement for Danish Defence

The Danish government has reached an agreement regarding the Danish Defence for the period 2018-2023. EUROMIL’s Danish members CS and HKKF commented on the deal: CS President: The new Defence Agreement is a positive read, however…. The long awaited Defence Agreement is (finally) published, and according to President of CS Jesper …

Situation of Spanish Military Woman Regarding Sexual and Workplace Harassment

Abstract – Woman joined the Spanish armed forces for the very first time at the beginning of the nineties, almost 30 years ago. Since then we have noticed how the military environment has changed, and how the laws have been developed together with our democracy. However, regarding the woman in …

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 …

Associations and Trade Unions of Gendarmerie Personnel in Europe Join Efforts

Following-up on their meeting on 13 July 2017, several associations and trade unions of gendarmerie personnel from three European countries met on 25 January 2018 in Amsterdam. On the invitation of the Dutch MARVER (Marechaussee Military Union), representatives of the Spanish AUGC (Asociación Unificada de Guardias Civiles), the Portuguese APG …

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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