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Autumn IBM to take place in Helsinki

First Estonian Presidency IBM 1/4 in Helsinki at 27-29 October 2022.

By: Susanna Takamaa, 1st LT, Finnish Reserve Officers’ Federation/ CIOR Public Affairs.

The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) will hold an In Between Meeting One (IBM 1/4) of the Estonian Presidency through 27th to 29th of October 2022 in Helsinki, Finland. This will be a hybrid event – physical meetings shall take place at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni with virtual participation in some CIOR and/or CIOMR organized working sessions.

The CIOR President’s intent is to develop a sustainable and balanced financing strategy for the organization and define the responsibilities and rights of the committees. The meetings will seek to realize outcomes in accordance with Presidential Aims, Strategic Objectives and CIOR Business and Planning.

“This is a planning meeting for CIOR” says Lieutenant Colonel (r) Toomas Luman, the President of CIOR.
Committees are expected to present they reports about current situation and plans for next year in this meeting. Council is to discuss the matters in agenda and prepare topics that need council decision for the next meeting, that is a meeting with the power make legally binding decisions.
“We wish participants to have progressive work sessions to develop the organization and prepare it for the next year, but also introduce the Baltic Sea region security issues and allies hopefully very soon to be CIOR full members, such as Finland” Luman adds.

Registration period will be open from Monday, 5 September until Thursday, 13 October. All participants must register through Fienta online registration using the link provided to those who are expected to participate. All meetings will be hosted in the Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, Finland, whereas virtual participation will be in Teams. Link for virtual participants to join virtual sessions will be sent out 27 October, link is valid from icebreaker until the end of the IBM.

“This event is short and mainly just working sessions, but the highlight would also be the one day visit to Santahamina, where the IBM attendees will be briefed about the Finnish defence system and military education” 1st Lieutenant (r) Aaro Mäkelä, the President of Finnish Reserve Officers’ Association tells.

“here is also possibility to take part of CIOR presidents favorited military skill – pistol shooting.