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National delegations and committees of CIOR take part in a work session at the Ecole militaire from 4th to 6th April 2013

Forty representatives of fourteen member and associate member countries attended. Meetings were held in cooperation with ACORAM (1) and UNOR (2) with the logistics support of the French Navy. Seizing upon the opportunity of the National Day of Reserves, a delegation of CIOR took part in the remembrance ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe presided by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence. The purpose of the ceremony was highlighted by the presence of many students from secondary schools and technical colleges.

Employer support to military reserves

Consistent with the main theme of the year 2013, the French presidency of CIOR organized a work session on the "Employer support to military reserves". Delegates of CIOR convened at the Ecole Militaire for committee-meetings in order to explore how civilian competencies could be transposed in a military context, each committee focusing on its own field of expertise: legal know-how in the Legal committee, infrastructure expertise in the CIMIC committee, crisis communication in the PAWG…

The chairs of all the committees then reported on their work on Saturday morning prior to visiting the Army Museum in the Invalides.

The next step will take place on August 1st when CIOR will hold its open to the public symposium on the theme of "Employer support to military reserves". This symposium will no doubt be the apex of the summer congress in Czech Republic. Civilian employers' support is indeed the essential “open sesame” for the employment of reservists in their defence and security missions for the benefit of their respective nations. For the first time, this event is co-organized by CIOR, CIOMR and the National Reserve Forces Committee (3) of NATO.

CIOR delegates meet the Gouverneur Militaire de Paris

The Gouverneur Militaire de Paris (GMP) is the general officer commanding the defence and security zone of Paris and Ile-de-France. The title is old : in 1356, King Jean le Bon, then a prisoner of the English appointed his brother Louis, Count of Anjou and Maine "King's lieutenant for the defence of the City of Paris" ; this appointment is the first of  the long list of  gouverneurs militaires of Paris throughout the centuries. Nowadays his mission is threefold :
• Advisor and sole military interlocutor of the Préfet de police, chief of the defence and security zone for all military contributions to the civil and economic defence of the Ile-de-France area ;
• Responsible for the coordination of the military personnel and assets from all services contributing to civil defence ;
• The GMP is also in charge of various protocol duties (e.g. taking care of visiting heads of state) and of planning and organizing the 14th July military parade.
Heads of national delegations and committees of the Confederation were deeply interested by the presentation of the GMP’s missions and by its original position in the organisation of the defence and security of Paris and its close surroundings as well as in crisis management plans. The GMP answered questions with empathy and thoroughness.

This event to which General Georges Lebel, chairman of NRFC had been invited, was held in the magnificent setting of the Admiral’s dining hall of the Navy headquarters in the Rue Royale. This dinner took place the day after CIOR delegates had taken part in the ceremony under the Arc de Triomphe as part of the National Day of Reserves. These unforgettable moments for the participants are the sign that our national authorities show a deep interest in the reserves in the context of momentous changes in our national defence systems.

(1) UNOR : Union Nationale des Officiers de Réserve
(2) ACORAM : Association des Officiers de Réserve de la Marine Nationale
(3) NRFC : National Reserve Forces Committee (NATO)

Photo Released by CIOR/Henry Plimack (USA).

Translation Captain (Navy) Georges Ascione (FRA).

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