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EUROMIL held its 123rd Presidium Meeting and 6th Congress

Delegates elect a new Board and discuss racism and far-right extremism at the 123rd Presidium Meeting and 6th Congress of EUROMIL. On 22-23 April 2021, over 60 delegates from EUROMIL member associations across Europe participated in the 123rd Presidium Meeting and 6th Congress of EUROMIL. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, …

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Post-patriarchal security: inclusion and equity for the other 55%

On 18 March 2021, Friends of Europe, in partnership with the European Organisation of Military Associations and Trade Unions (EUROMIL), Women In International Security  (WIIS) Brussels, the Brussels International Center (BIC) and the U.S. European Command, organised a panel discussion on inclusion in the security and defence sector, entitled “Post-patriarchal …

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Conscientious Objection to Military Service for Professional Soldiers

While the right to conscientious objection is recognized in international standards and legislation, only a limited number of European countries grant the status of conscientious objector to professional members of the armed forces. The right to conscientious objection is provided for through Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human …

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Launch of the Compendium on Human Rights of Armed Forces Personnel

A recording of the event is now available to view here. On 5 March 2021, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) launched the Compendium of standards, good practices and recommendations on Human Rights of Armed Forces Personnel. The Compendium presents …

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Vaccination Scandal in the Spanish Armed Forces: Outrage of AUME

It was revealed, in the end of January 2021, that some high-ranking officials from the Spanish armed forces misused COVID-19 vaccines foreseen for military personnel engaged in operation. The scandal, which was strongly criticized by EUROMIL Spanish member association AUME, led to the resignation of the Chief of Defence,  General …

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Spanish Professional Military Associations: Absent From the Military Easter

AUME denounces that the yearly act of the military in the Royal Palace, called PASCUA MILITAR (“Military Easter”), is going to be held for another year without the presence of the representatives of the Professional Associations, which means ignoring a fundamental instance of the Armed Forces in a democratic state. …

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Priorities of the Portuguese EU Council Presidency

On 1 January 2021, Portugal takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the 4th time. The Presidency rotates every 6 months and will be held by Portugal in the first half of 2021. To ensure coherency, three Presidencies are grouped together – Portugal shares the …

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Defence Spending in the Post COVID-19 Era by ACPM-CGPM

In most Europe countries the corner seems to have been taken: defence spending is increasing after a long period of savings. As a result, many European armed forces have finally been able to spend considerable amounts of money again on the purchase of new equipment and the development of new …

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NEZAVISNOST Reports on Salary Increase in the Serbian Armed Forces

In the past 3 years (more precisely since June 2017), GS UPOIP NEZAVISNOST proposed and explained to the employer the need to define the planned salary increases on a non-linear basis. A non-linear increase would imply that certain categories of military employees receive a higher percentage of salary increase. These …

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Participation of ZV SR in the legislative process of the National Council of the Slovak Republic

Despite the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Union of Soldiers of the Slovak Republic (hereinafter “ZV SR”), in cooperation with the Association of Retired Police (hereinafter “APVV”), asked, in writing form, the Chairman of the Committee of the National Council of the SR for Defence and Security, Mr. …

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