Status Of Forces Agreement Europe

1. Units, formations or facilities normally composed of military or civilian personnel have the right, in agreement with the host Member State, to monitor all camps, facilities, headquarters or other premises that they occupy exclusively. The police of these units, formations or facilities can take all appropriate measures to ensure the maintenance of order and security in these premises. 3. Specific agreements must be concluded with the third countries concerned in exercises or operations outside the territory of the Member States. For each mission abroad, the status of the Bundeswehr is governed by a bilateral or multilateral agreement with the host country. Unlike the previous speaker, I do not welcome this agreement and I will not support it. I do not understand how we will support it, since it was bound by the NATO Partnership for Peace, the PfP, because Fianna Féil decided not to join an electoral commitment, but as soon as she came into government, she did. Today, the government wants us to sign an agreement that, even if they use lethal force against Irish soldiers, French soldiers or what is not immunity, can be brought back to the refuge of the country from which they were sent abroad. The government needs to think seriously about this. If something is not broken, let`s not fix it. We have worked for many years in the framework of the Partnership for Peace, but without our support in this House. What awaits us is a proposal that comes out of the bodies that jeopardize our neutrality, but that is not what awaits us.

I have already argued on this point in this House. The two SOFA, the status of the military agreements, will concern Irish soldiers not only in the EU combat groups – the EU army – but also the Irish or military soldiers currently present in Brussels. There are five Irish soldiers in the EU general staff, two soldiers are in contact with NATO and there are four military representatives in the EU, and there will be many more in the future. The status of NATO headquarters and its personnel is governed by the protocol on the status of the international military headquarters established under the North Atlantic Treaty of 28 August 1952 (Bundesgesetzblatt 1969 II P.2000). The complementary agreement to the Siege Protocol of 13 March 1967 also applies in Germany (agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Higher Headquarters of the Allied Powers of Europe on the special conditions for the creation and operation of an international military headquarters in the Federal Republic of Germany, Bundesgesetzblatt 1969 II, p.2009). As a newly arrived member of our community, it is important to understand your legal status in Germany and your protection. For example, Germans living in Germany with no connection to the U.S. military or government are German citizens without special status. Americans who live in Germany and have no military or American affiliation can live in Germany as legal inhabitants if the German government has given permission.

8. The provisions of this agreement can be amended by unanimous written agreement between the representatives of the governments of the Member States of the European Union, meeting in the Council.

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