Founded in 1972, the European Organisation of Military Associations (EUROMIL) is an umbrella organisation composed of military associations and trade unions. It is the main Europe-wide forum for cooperation among professional military associations on issues of common concern.
EUROMIL strives to secure and advance the human rights, fundamental freedoms and socio-professional interests of military personnel of all ranks in Europe. It promotes the concept of “Citizen in Uniform”. As such, a soldier is entitled to the same rights and obligations as any other citizen. EUROMIL particularly calls for recognition of the right of servicemen and -women to form and join trade unions and independent associations and for their inclusion in a regular social dialogue by the authorities.
The purpose of the organisation is:
- to promote the fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms in the armed forces of the countries of Europe;
- to promote European social policy so as to include military personnel;
- to promote the general, non-material, social and professional interests of active and former military personnel, their families and surviving dependents;
- to represent the interests of the member associations vis-à-vis supranational institutions and authorities, and to support them in matters of their concern within their national sphere;
- to cooperate with other international organisations and trade unions provided that this is in the interest of EUROMIL;
- to foster the regular exchange of experience between the member associations;
- to promote understanding and friendship between the member associations.
- to organise seminars, congresses and other meetings in order to promote the goals of EUROMIL;
- to promote scientific research and studies connected with EUROMIL’s purposes.