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European Organisation of Military Associations
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Numbers of Military Personnel – Personnel Strength of European Armed Forces

EUROMIL observed in the past months and years that European armed forces are reducing the numbers of their personnel and / or have problems to recruit enough young people to fill their ranks. In autumn 2020, EUROMIL decided to take a step back and analyse the underlying political and military …

The Role of Military Trade Unions in Tackling Discrimination in the Armed Forces

On 18 November 2020, EUROMIL held an online discussion on “The role of military trade unions in tackling discrimination in the armed forces”. The principles of equality and non-discrimination are enshrined in international standards and legislation. At the European Union (EU) level, these principles are foreseen in EU Treaties and …

PFEARFU Concerned about Gender Equality in Greece

Abstract – Following the publication of the data announced by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), the data for Greece are not at all encouraging. The Gender Equality Index is a unique unit of measurement, which measures the progress of gender equality in the EU over time and each …

12 ICOAF: Impact of COVID-19 on Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces

Since its first meeting in Berlin in 2009, EUROMIL participates at the yearly meetings of the International Conference of Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces (ICOAF). Among the participants, EUROMIL is one of the rare participants not being an Ombuds Institution. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 12th ICOAF planned …

German Federal President Honours Achievements of Soldiers

The Bundeswehr is celebrating its 65th birthday in November this year. A couple of months ago, nobody expected the German Armed Forces to be involved in a fight on multiple fronts against an invisible enemy – but right now this has become reality for the Bundeswehr: These days, a total …

122nd Presidium Meeting and Extraordinary Congress

On 22 and 23 October 2020, delegates from member and observer associations of EUROMIL participated in a virtual Extraordinary Congress and the 122nd 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 …

First Meeting with the New Belgian Minister of Defence

On 27 October 2020 the Belgian trade unions had a first encounter with Ms Ludivine Dedonder, who took the oath on 1 October 2020 as the first female Minister of Defence of Belgium. In view of the corona restrictions in place, the meeting with the minister was organised online. ‘Our’ …

Demonstration of Spanish Military Associations

Abstract – Spanish professional military associations, namely AUME, ASFASPRO, ATME and UMT called for a demonstration on 19 September 2020 to defend their right to a fair remuneration. Military wages have not been updated for more than a decade. In support of the planned demonstration, EUROMIL’s President issued a video …

Military Pensions in Greece

Abstract – A delegation of  PFEARFU held a meeting with officials of the Hellenic Social Security Institution in order to be informed about the process of issuing military pensions. Following a proposal of  PFEARFU, for a few months now, specialized military personnel have been seconded there, to facilitate the process …

Jubilee XXV. Anniversary of the International Military Ascent to Kriváň

Abstract – On 5 September 2020 the XXV. International Military Ascent (IMA) to Kriváň (2494 m above the sea) took place in the High Tatras. This jubilee ascent was organised by the Union of Soldiers of the Slovak Republic (USSR) in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak …

First Demonstration of Military Trade Unions in Italy

Abstract – On 7 October 2020, Italian military trade unions, supported by national trade union confederations, organised a demonstration against the current bill on granting the right to freedom of association to military personnel in Italy. Indeed in 2018, the Constitutional Court considered that the country could no longer impose …

Attacks against PFEARFU Secretary for Gender Equality

EUROMIL is deeply worried about the recent immoral and sexist attacks against the newly appointed Secretary for Gender Equality of its Greek member association, the “Panhellenic Federation of Armed Forces Unions” (PFEARFU). The organisation has been informed that the Secretary for Gender Equality of PFEARFU had been the victim of …

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President: Emmanuel JACOB
Vice-President: Jörg GREIFFENDORF
Treasurer: Ton de ZEEUW