13 Apr

Status Of Forces Agreement Eu


The Agreement on the Status of the Armed Forces, SOFA, regulates the legal and administrative rules applicable to members of the foreign armed forces operating in the state where they are deployed. It refers to the immunities and privileges that are extended to members of the armed forces when they are serving abroad under a UN-mandated force. It also refers, in the case of the EU and the Partnership for Peace, PFP, SOFA, to the immunities and privileges enjoyed by members of the armed forces during exercises in EU, NATO and PfP member states or on standby for EU combat groups. The status of armed forces agreements concluded in the framework of European security and defence cooperation reveals their most interesting aspects, in the general context of international practice. On the one hand, they confirm international practice on two important points. Firstly, the different content of the EU sofa and the SOFA/SOMA EU model confirms that the legal status of foreign armed forces is not subject to international regulation, a point I have addressed in more detail elsewhere on this issue. The concessions that EU Member States were willing to make with each other in the EU are clearly not likely to regulate their relations with third countries in totally different operational circumstances. Secondly, the basic provisions of the EU sofa and the SOFA/SOMA MODEL, subject to a few notable exceptions, are closely linked to the terms of similar agreements, namely the NATO sofa and the UN SOFA model. This congruence reflects more than a lack of imagination on the part of those who developed the EU agreements, but it is understandable to confirm the general applicability of the legal provisions contained in NATO`s SOFA and the UN SOFA model with similar operational circumstances. (2) “civilian personnel”: civilian personnel seconded by Member States to the institutions of the European Union for activities related to the preparation and execution of the tasks covered by Article 17, paragraph 2 of the EU Treaty, including exercises, or civilian personnel, with the exception of locally recruited personnel, working with headquarters or armed forces, or made available to the EU for the same activities by other means; The status model of the military agreement is the NATO model. It is a model primarily used by the United States to allow its troops not to be subject to the jurisdiction of the host countries.

U.S. troops have a very long and unglamorous record of avoiding the judicial system in these states when these troops commit crimes, even if they are not in service. These agreements provide the necessary legal framework for flattening the process of irish armed forces` participation in EU operations and partnership for peace. The government and Fianna Féil are happy to say that the operations took place for humanitarian reasons, but the truth is unfortunately different. There is a galloping process of militarisation of the European Union that we have drawn attention to in recent years. I would like to cite a few recent examples that illustrate this point. “We must create a European intervention unit that allows Europe to act on the ground where it is needed,” Merkel said, not in an unsupervised speech or a narrow speech, but in a speech to the European Parliament in November: “We need to create a European intervention unit with which Europe can act on the ground where it needs to be… We have made great strides in the field of military cooperation… we must work on a vision to one day build a real European army. This was linked to the call for an abandonment of unanimity in the areas of defence and foreign policy.

Teck Lee Tan

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