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Tue, 05 Apr, 2016 12:07:04 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Apr 5

The ministries of justice and defence have expressed different views on assigning defence personnel for military assistance abroad.

Assigning Defence Forces personnel in military assistance abroad should require the person’s consent, according to the view of the Ministry of Justice.

The position of the justice ministry differs to that of the defence ministry, which claims that the consent of the employee should not be mandatory.

 According to the justice ministry statement on a draft bill, the constitutional duty to defend does not extend to the Finnish Defence Forces personnel’s international military assistance missions.

The duties would also change the nature of employment in so many ways, and it cannot be applied to the clauses of the current legislation obligations to transfer from one post to another within the Defence Forces.

Reforms to the Defence Force Act have previously been criticised by the people working in the Defence Forces as well as some interest groups such as the Finnish Officers’ Union.  The Finnish Offic

According to the organisation, departure for international military assistance duties should be voluntary, like current crisis management tasks, but the domestic service terms and conditions should not applied, as the defence ministry is proposing.

The Defence Forces legislation is being reformed as part of a project aimed at removing legal obstacles for Finland to give or receive international assistance.

 
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