The Defence Trade Council gathers organisations from the defence sector, military and civilians, in Europe to discuss the working and living conditions of soldiers and civilians in Europe and in third countries.
Global challenges and modern warfare demand concerted action through a European Defence Strategy. The working and living conditions of European soldiers has undergone significant changes. The move towards an army of professionals means special attention needs to be paid to the social problems facing defence staff in all EU countries. Working conditions of the sector have to be improved targeting especially psychological restraints imposed, such as post-traumatic-stress-syndrome.
CESI strives to establish full trade union rights for workers in the defence sector with the improvement of working conditions remaining a constant goal for the Trade Council.
In 2019, the Trade Council will focus on the establishment of a social dimension in the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in defence.
Leadership of the Council
Policy Adviser, CESI General Secretariat