The first Central Committee meeting under Belgian presidency

The first Central Committee meeting under Belgian presidency

The first Central Committee meeting of the Belgian presidency was held in Helsinki. La première réunion du Comité Central de la présidence belge fut tenue à Helsinki.

The national anthems of Belgium and Finland were played at the opening ceremony.
Les hymnes nationaux de Belgique et Finlande furent joués lors de la cérémonie d’ouverture.
Photo: Martin-Éric Racine

This Central Committee meeting saw the arrival of several new delegates and observers. To the left, members of the new Swiss delegation, Jean-François Villettaz, Germain Beuclair and Daniel Wampfler. To the right of Canada’s David Arsenault, USA observer James Center and Estonian observer Kaur Lillipuu.

Cette réunion du Comité Central a marqué l’arrivée de plusieurs nouveaux délégués et observateurs. À gauche, les membres de la nouvelles délégation suisse, Jean-François Villettaz, Germain Beuclair et Daniel Wampfler. À droite du canadien David Arsenault, l’observateur des USA James Center et celui de l’Estonie Kaur Lillipuu.

Photo: Martin-Éric Racine

Cisor precidency handed over to Belgium in Rovaniemi

Cisor precidency handed over to Belgium in Rovaniemi

CISOR presidency handed over to Belgium

The presidency hand-over took place at the Jaeger Brigade in Rovaniemi yesterday at 04:00 pm when the president of the Finnish Reservist’s Association, Ilpo Pohjola, handed the official flag of CISOR to the President of the Royal national union of reserve NCO of Belgium, Michel d’Alessandro.

E-learning and work methodology took remarkable steps forward under the Finnish presidency, an achievement that outgoing president Ilpo Pohjola was pleased with.

–  Our most important goals were a more productive organisation, greater effectiveness, enhanced communication and a joint training program. We can say that CISOR has improved its operations in these all areas.

The new president, Michel d’Alessandro, wants to continue to further develop further this work.

– The Finnish Presidency was commensurate in bringing professionalism and modernism in managing CISOR. The Finnish presidency has also set important milestones in giving a real added-value in what we can offer to NCO reservists of the member countries.

In addition to continuing CISOR’s internal work, Belgium also wants to develop co-operation with other international bodies.

– We want to achieve full recognition by NRFC (NATO Reserve Force Committee) and be considered a valuable partner in all matters related to the deployment of reserve forces, specifically NCO’s, d’Alessandro stated.In years to come Belgium, also wants to strengthen official co-operation with the reserve officer organisation CIOR in E-learning and civil–military co-operation. Among the other priorities of the Belgian presidency is finalizing the full membership of the current CISobserver countries Estonia and Canada.

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Central Commitee meeting in Turku

Central Commitee meeting in Turku

The accommodations at the Pansio naval base on a typical winter evening. Photo: Anni Pitko.

Two of our local organizers, Kimmo Kiiveri and Sari Mastromarino.
Both served as drivers during the weekend. Kiiveri also provided a fair amount of pictures documenting this particular meeting.
Mastomarino is one of many Finnish civilians that have voluntarily joined MPK and trained for a military task.

The delegates assembled in the harbour for the raising of the flag. Photo: Martin-Éric Racine

A presentation about the Coastal Fleet's operation was given by commodore Erkki Mikkola. Photo: Martin-Éric Racine.

Delegates listening to commodore Mikkola's presentation at the naval officers' club. Photo: Martin-Éric Racine.

A familiar face from the military penthatlon at Vekaranjärvi, Olli Alho returned to help with the photographic duty. Photo: Kimmo Kiiveri.

Estonian observers Aare Jamnes and Ott Aarma on the deck of a naval ship. Photo: Olli Alho.

Delegates on the quay of the Costal Fleet's harbour in Pansio. Photo: Kimmo Kiiveri.

Delegates visiting the exhibition af the Forum Marinum naval museum. Photo: Kimmo Kiiveri.

Legal Commission chairman Annukka Jokipii telling the Central Committee about the latest changes to the Statutes and Internal Regulations. Photo: Martin-Éric Racine.

Jari Multisilta returned to report on his progresses in the e-learning platform project. Photo: Martin-Éric Racine.

Delegates gathered for a group picture before calling it a night after the gala dinner at the naval officers' club.

Winter Military Competition (Joensuu, Finland, February 24-25th 2018)

Winter Military Competition (Joensuu, Finland, February 24-25th 2018)

The national Talvijotos (winter march) of Reserviläisurheiluliitto (Reservist Sports Organization of Finland) will be held in Kontiolahti, Joensuu and Liperi (Northern Karelia) on February 24th- 25th 2018.

The march (jotos) is an open competition and sport event between patrols and it is open to everyone who is at least 18-years old.

The march is organized by the Joensuu reservist and reserve officers' associations in cooperation with other local reservist organizations and with Maanpuolustuskoulutusyhdistys (MPK) – The National Defense Training Association of Finland.

Official invitation and registration information on the Joensuu Rajajotos' Facebook page.

Central Committee Meeting in Sodankylä

Central Committee Meeting in Sodankylä

The second event of the Finnish CISOR presidency was held in Sodankylä from February 9th to 12th 2017.

In addition to attending the Central Committee meeting, the delegates had the opportunity to witness elements of the Jaeger Brigade's arctic combat training, as well as the conscripts' swearing-in ceremony.

After a raising of the flag to Lapland's dark winter morning, delegates gather for a group photo in front of the Joutselän memorial monument.

CISOR Congress 2016 in Santahamina

This year CISOR Congress was in Santahamina, in the National Defence University of Finland. The theme for the congress was "Finnish Defence System".

Finnish Reservists' Association host CISOR Presidency in the years 2016 - 2018. The opening congress arranged in Santahamina October 15th. There were present President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and the Defence Forces Commander, General Jarmo Lindberg. The national President of Finnish Reservists' Association Mikko Savola was opening the congress.

Finland's defense solution congress was organized in cooperation with the National Defence University, which was held in the auditorium of it. The event attracted a couple of hundred listeners.

Finland's defense solution congress was built to an exceptionally high level program. The peak of the event was the speech of Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland. Sauli Niinistö praised in his speech Finnish Reservists' Association but at the same time expressed his concern about the world's trouble spots. Also the Commander of the Defence Forces, General Jarmo Lindberg spoke in the congress.

The National Defence University premises had accumulated an exceptionally broad and high-level group of invited guests, which included dozens of CISOR memeber organizations representatives from all over Europe.