CIOR (Confédération Interalliée des Officiers de Réserve) is the Inter-allied Confederation of Reserve Officers. It consists of NATO member states and other participating nations with 34 countries in total, representing 1.3 million reservists. CIOR is the world’s largest military reserve officers’ organization.
CIOMR (Confédération Interalliée des Officers Médicaux de Réserve) is an association, which brings together medical reservists and works with the COMEDS committee formed by the Heads of Medical Services of NATO member countries.
The Estonian Reserve Officers’ Association (EROA) was founded on June 22 1997 by participants of the first two voluntary reserve officers training courses held at the Battle School of the Defence Forces in Meegomäe, Võru County. The driving force bringing the volunteers together was their common concern for Estonia’s national security and the need to improve the will of defence of the nation. EROA has been a member of CIOR and CIOMR since 1999 and has been representing Estonian military reservists at the CIOR/CIOMR annual conferences since that time. The conferences are attended on the average by approximately five hundred reservists with delegations of member countries of CIOR/CIOMR.
The largest annual meeting of these two organizations is jointly held each summer in a different country and is organized by a separate member of CIOR/CIOMR each year; in 2017, the Congress was held in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2018 Quebec, Canada and in 2019 Estonia will be hosting the congress in its capital of Tallinn and surrounding areas.
Program: the two congresses are organized in conjunction with CIOR having Council meetings, the various committees and working groups and the CIOMR Congress conducting meetings with their respective committees. There will also be military competitions (MILCOMP) and other activities such as CIMIC exercises (CIMEX), Young Reserve Officers Workshop (YROW), CIOR Language Academy (CLA), the CIOMR Workshop and a Congress Symposium.
Participants’ accommodations are available at several hotels in Tallinn. The main hotel being the Radisson Blue for CIOR/CIOMR committees and the Nordic Hotel Forum for the YROW participants. Congress rooms are also available at the Swiss Hotel, all in the downtown area of Tallinn.
The opening ceremony of the Congress is on Sunday August 4th at the Maarjamäe memorial, followed by a reception at the Maarjamäe palace.
The CLA will have already been active since July 20th at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences in Tallinn and will be finished on the opening day of the CIOR/CIOMR congress on August 4th.
The MilComp section will start training on the 4th and end on the 5th with competitions on the 6th to 8th. The awards ceremony will be on the 9th of August. All events take place at the Estonian Defence League Männiku shooting range on the outskirts of Tallinn.
CIMIC, work exercises (CIMEX) are from the 4th to the 6th at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences in Tallinn. Participants to the CIMEX exercise will join the rest of the Congress as soon as they conclude their exercise.
The Congress Symposium will be held on Wednesday August the 7th at the Swissotel in Tallinn.
The Closing Ceremony/Congress Gala Dinner will take place on Friday August 9th at the Seaplane Harbour Museum in Tallinn, which will officially close the CIOR/CIOMR 2019 Summer Congress in Tallinn, Estonia.
Admirals, Generals and fellow officers of the Reserves
Welcome to the Summer Congress of CIOR and CIOMR being held this year in Tallinn Estonia. I take this opportunity to thank my Estonian colleagues for the efforts I know they have made and the considerable resources they have mobilised to ensure this is a successful and productive event for all participants.
There is an intense programme of work for all areas of interest and committees within CIOR, and I hope everyone who attends the Congress will make every effort both to contribute to and benefit from the proceedings. The role of Reserves in Defence and in particular within the NATO Alliance has changed radically over recent years and Reserves now constitute half of the mobilised strength of the Alliance. Reserves are no longer considered to be the Forces of last resort, they are indispensable and many of our National Defence Forces could not operate without their Reserve component. This is no more evident than in some of the specialisms in which this Congress is involved, namely Cyber CIMIC and indeed Medical activities in which our colleagues CIOMR lead. Bringing the talents of the ”Twice a Citizen” Reservist to the Military is no more evident than in the area of the Young Reserve Officer of whatever Service or discipline.
This transformation in the role of Reservists in our National and International Defence Posture imposes upon us all as Reservists obligations of which we all need to be aware : let us all be clear that our attendance at this Summer Congress means we assume a collective responsibility above personal interest to contribute and to justify the confidence placed in us by our nations. It is an honour for all of us to serve and in so doing ensure the continuance of peace within the Alliance in the 21st Century, and in so doing contribute to World Security and to ensuring the kind of catastrophic conflict that so characterised the 20th Century is avoided. It is important too that as a representative body for Reservists we in CIOR, with our colleagues in both CIOMR and CISOR, present a strong and united viewpoint of the Reserves’ community which is clearly understood by NATO, our colleagues in the National Reserve Forces Committee and national Chains of Command.
There could be no better location in which to hold this year’s Summer Congress than Estonia, it embodies the very best principles of NATO at the very Eastern Edge of the Alliance and illustrates the ability of multinational forces to work and indeed live together as a very strong commitment and signal of the intent to challenge any threat to World Peace.
Once again I welcome you to Estonia and I wish every one of you a successful and productive Summer Congress, in whatever capacity you might be attending.
Colonel Christopher Argent
Confederation Interalliee des Officiers de Reserve / Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers
Admirals, Generals, Officers, colleagues, friends and guests,
The CIOMR welcomes you in Tallinn, Estonia, for our Summer Congress 2019 and I hope to see you all.
First of all, I would like to give a special thanks to our Estonian friends who are taking care of this challenging organization. I personally know all the efforts they have put in this task that will allow us to have a great stay in the gorgeous Estonia.
It will be a great pleasure for me to meet many new people and, even more, to see again my dear colleagues and friends who, like me, have been taking part in these meetings for many years.
As always, in this Summer Congress, during the Italian Presidency, CIOMR will work hard to reach its targets:
- the updating of knowledge,
- the standardization of the operating procedures,
- the sharing of experiences among officers of the Medical Corps of our NATO member countries.
- the connection between civilian expertise and military skills in medical field
Together with CIOR, CIOMR contributes to the preparation of our Reserve Officers. Reserve that is increasingly involved in various international scenarios. From my point of view, as International President, along with my staff, I will put all my efforts in order to reach our goals and to give the highest standards of “deliverables” to our stakeholders.
I wish you a great Summer congress in this wonderful city.
Major Silvano FERRACANIi, M.D.
Italian Red Cross Military Corps, CIOMR International President
My fellow Summer Congress 2019 participants,
On behalf of the Reserve Officers of the Republic of Estonia, I am very pleased and honoured to welcome you to Estonia’s historic capital, Tallinn. Here on the shores of the Baltic Sea, history can be seen in all its glory.
We await you in late July and early August 2019, to participate in our joint and traditional event. Just as, Christopher Argent, the CIOR President eloquently described in his welcoming address, with over 600 participants expected, it will be a truly exciting meeting of reservists from around the world here in Tallinn.
I can assure that the organizing committee has done an exemplary job and we are very ready to receive you. The event is full of exciting sports events, intense language courses, various interesting work groups, all culminating in our annual symposium. I also hope you will find the time to familiarize yourself with our fascinating city, meet the people, enjoy the culture and get a further understanding of our national defence system. Ours is a history that spans the Hanseatic League to our modern E-nation; enjoy the essence of our unique country.
I believe that with our shared work, values and social activities our ties will strengthen and will further us in our common goals.
I look forward to meeting you this summer and on behalf of all of the organizers – welcome you to Estonia and a fruitful as well as enjoyable Summer Congress 2019 in Tallinn.
Lieutenant colonel Toomas Luman
Vice-president of CIOR, Chairman of the Supervisory Council of EROA