The use of military forces for internal security


27 Sep 2016 12:30 to 15:00


CESI (European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions)
Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée 1-5
1040  Brussels

Event Type

M - Seminar, presentation



Event Location


Event Description

September 27 will see the next edition of CESI's event series 'CESI@noon' with a lunchtime panel debate on 'The use of military forces for internal security'. Registration to the event, which will also feature an intervention of MEP Michael Gahler, is now open.



hereby invite you to the next

CESI@noon event

‘The use of military forces for internal security’ 

Tuesday 27 September 2016 – 1.00-3.00pm
Cocktail lunch at 12.30pm

CESI (European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions), Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée 1-5, 1040 Brussels (Metro Schuman)

The event will take place in English / Register for the event here


With growing instability and armed conflicts at its doors, the EU is facing increasing numbers of terrorist attacks and elevated security threats. It has now reached a stage where the line between what is “internal” and “external” security is blurred.

In order to prevent and face further attacks, military forces are increasingly deployed inside the borders of some European countries. While this seems like a reassuring short-term solution, it raises many legal and political questions: Under which conditions is the deployment of military personnel inside the country legal? Which specific tasks may or may not be performed by the military? Is the military trained and equipped to perform police-like security tasks? Which additional training is necessary?

These and many more are the questions to be debated with the participants. The speakers will tackle these issues from a legal, political and a military personnel’s perspective.


Klaus Heeger, Secretary General of CESI
Emmanuel Jacob, President of EUROMIL

Discussion with the participation of:

Colonel Erwin Hoogland, Dutch Ministry of Defence
N.N., Belgian Representative (tbc)
Thomas Sohst, German Armed Forces Association


Klaus Heeger, Secretary General of CESI


Michael Gahler, Member of the European Parliament


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