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Report of CIOR President to the NATO Military Committee meets with high interest and support

Mr. Chairman, General, Officers of the Military Committee, 

It is for me truly an honor, but also an opportunity, to present today the status of CIOR activities to the Military Committee.  I will start with tangible results achieved last year. I really believe that these achievements are worth the support of the ministries of defense of the nations represented at this table. 

CIOR, French acronym for Inter-allied Confederation of Reserve Officers, was created in 1948. It groups the associations of reserve officers of all countries members or partners of the Alliance. CIOR’s purpose is to promote the use of the Reserve in all alliance countries. We represent over a million officers, all willing to serve, with dedication, the national defense of our respective countries. 

I will then continue with an overview of planned actions for the year to come, second and last year of my mandate as president of CIOR.

Before moving on, let me quote the SACT, General Palomeros, on CIOR:

« The proposals I had requested and which CIOR presented in a memorandum at the end of 2012, fully meet my expectations in this area. This is a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussions, in particular on the “Connected Forces Initiative”, which I believe provides a good way ahead to develop Reserves in the Alliance».

SACT’s own word are for me a living proof that cooperation and strong links do now exist between CIOR and the two strategic commands of the Alliance, as well as with the IMS of this MC.

Since the CIOR Copenhagen Congress in 2012, the following results have been achieved. Some of these results owe a lot to an active cooperation with the NRFC, but also with the National MODs and the Strategic Commands of the Alliance:

1. First result: 28/11/2012 Memorandum on « Reserves and Connected Forces ». It has been presented in January 2013 to SACT in Norfolk. This Memorandum includes the following: (1) importance of e-learning for reservist’ for professional and military development; (2) relevance of reservists for major NATO exercises and more generally ACT activities; (3) the importance of reservists as catalysts for a better mutual understanding between defense and society. 
2. Second result: CIOR’s action in support of a multinational reserve component for ACT and potentially other national or collective needs. In this context, CIOR has taken stock of the range of competencies and jobs that CIOR brings to the table, through its 10 Committees and working groups, which amount to valuable competency centres « at the alliance’s fingertips ». 
3. Third result:  a « leap forward » in communication: 40 articles per year on www.cior.net, 30.000 returning visitors (+100%/year), 4 newsletters, numerous articles in the press.
4. Fourth result: «e-learning» has been developed as a preferred channel for professional training of reservists, in relation to reserve officers’ associations, national MODs and ACT.
5. Fifth result: consolidation of specific professional curricula for young reserve officers of CIOR, while continuing the excellent cooperation with the NATO School Oberammergau.
6. Sixth result: first practical exercise in CIMIC - (CIMEX) during the 2012 CIOR Congress. 50 reservists and active duty officers specialized in CIMIC gathered in Copenhagen to share best practices and lessons learned.
7. In addiction, numerous further achievements were reached at CIOR committee level:
The Legal Committee of CIOR was officially recognized by NATO as working party for the STANAG on training on LOAC and ROEs.
The CIOR Geopolitical Seminar, in cooperation with the Adenauer Foundation, was a success, as every year.
The other committees of CIOR also experienced a high level of activity: Defense & SecurityPartnership for PeaceMilitary CompetitionSymposiumLanguage Academy (a prime tool for interoperability) and working group on Public Affairs.

For the second half of my 2-year term, until August 2014, we have the following objectives:

Employer Support (ES) to the Reserves, which will be the primary subject for the upcoming CIOR-CIOMR-NRFC Congress this Summer in Brno, Czech Republic. The August 1st Symposium will gather 25 prominent speakers from over 10 NATO nations, plus Australia. 300 participants are expected. The main themes will be the following:
First theme: key questions on employer support, from different perspectives: government, business and military.
Second theme: reservists’ protection: feedback of reservists, challenges posed to employers, benefits of a comprehensive approach, specifics tied to employing a reservist.
Third theme: mobilizing the employer: added value of certain jobs for the employer (e.g. in the medical field), benefits of reaching out to the employer, role of the Reserve in corporate social responsibility.

The Symposium will conclude on the importance of Strategic communication to promote the reserves vis-à-vis the wider public.
In 2013 – 2014 we will put the emphasis on training and promoting the reservists in crisis management. To this effect:
• we will further capitalize on the CIOR Memorandum on Reserve and Connected Forces, focusing on training, education and  exercises, 
• we will also continue to put the emphasis on the importance of enhancing the image of reserves to a wider audience.
This ends my presentation  - thank you for your attention. I am now ready to take any question


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