CIOR / CIOMR / CISOR Summer Congress 2023



Saturday to Sunday 24-25 June, Arrivals
Monday 26 June, Opening Ceremony and Helsinki City reception
Thursday 29 June, CIOR Symposium
Friday 30 June, Closing Ceremony and Closing Dinner

Details subject to change

24 June
25 June
Working sessionArrivalsArrivals
26 June
Working sessionWorking sessionWorking sessionArrivals
Opening Ceremony at Senate Square from 1700 | Service Dress
27 June
CompetitionWorking session
and departures
Host Nation DayWorking sessionHost Nation DayWorking
CISOR 60 anniversary toast at 1730 | by invitation | Service Dress
28 June
CompetitionWorking session and study tripWorking sessionWorking sessionWorking sessionWorking session  and
Closing Dinner
Working sessionWorking sessionWorking session
Symposium at Paasitorni 1000 to 1530 | Service Dress
Presidential Dinner at 1900 | by invitation | Service Dress
Fri 30 JuneAwardingWorking
Working sessionWorking sessionWorking session
Closing Dinner at Paasitorni from 1800 | Gala Uniform*
Sat 1 JulyDepartures

*Service Dress is also allowed at the Closing Dinner

09:30 – 10:00 Arrival, welcome coffee


Building Resilience will remain an important part of our efforts to face all kinds of challenges. In a NATO context, Military Reserve preparedness is crucial to be able to respond to vulnerabilities within a changing security environment.

10:00 – 10:15 Welcoming Remarks

Toomas Luman (EST) CIOR President
Lieutenant Colonel, res.

10:15- 10:45 The NATO defensive umbrella must open wider in case of a stronger storm

François-Marie Gougeon (FRA) NATO Director Policy and Capabilities Division
Major General

10:45 – 12:30 I SESSION

The transatlantic and European awakening: How to maintain defence capability when mobilizing reserves from our societies will be the most important factor in a long-term full scale military conflict in Europe.

10:45 – 11:15 Reservists help lead the Army’s transformation

Marc Overton (UK) Assistant Chief of Defence Staff for Reserves and Cadets
Major General 

11:15 – 11:30 Short Break

11:30 – 12:00 The NATO’s northern wing national defence model in a changed security environment

Tuomas Tiilikainen (FIN) Chief of Personnel Division/J1

12:00 – 12:30 The EU’s strategic role in terms of geoeconomic sanctions and investment on global defence

Mr. Camilo Villarino (ESP) Head of Cabinet of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 – 15:15 II SESSION
What the concept of modern war looks like in reality at the personal level of the participants.
13:30 – 14:00 Ukrainian War, and the Western co-belligerence as key element in the political-military equation of the conflict

Dr. Oliver Zajec (FRA) Directeur de l’institut d’etudies de stratégie et de défense (IESD)

14:00 – 14:30 A CIMIC perspective on the Russian-Ukrainian war

Vladyslav Tychyna (UKR) Civil-Military cooperation expert
Lieutenant Colonel

14:30 – 14:45 Short Break

14:45 – 15:15 From the Western World’s perspective, does Russia still have military capability to exert pressure?

Pekka Toveri (FIN) Former chief of intelligence of the FDF
Major General, ret. Member of Parliament.

15:15 – 15:30 Resume and Closing Remarks by CIOR President

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee is served

DAL Program

Tuesday, 27 June – this trip is available for all DAL ticket holders, and lunch and ferry crossing are included in your ticket price.

Please wear shoes suitable for walking on uneven ground. The historical fortress area has rough stone pavement. Please remember to observe the weather and, if needed, take a hat and water bottle with you.

  • 10.50 At Paasitorni Congress roll call of participants’ names.
  • 11.00 Departure from Paasitorni Congress towards Kauppatori. Walk guided by lt. Mikko Vasamies. Introduction to the history of Helsinki and architecture.
  • 12.00 Lunch – included in your DAL-ticket.
  • ⁠13.20 Ferry to Suomenlinna 
  • 13.35 Walking tour in the Suomenlinna historical fortress by a local guide.
  • 15.20 Ferry to Kauppatori.
  • 15.35 Shopping Opportunity in downtown Helsinki: Kauppatori – the market square, Esplanadi Street, and Kämp Galleria are next to the ferry port.

Wednesday, 29 June – this trip is available for DAL participants who purchased the DAL package with the Closing Dinner. Buss transportation, museum tickets and lunch are included in the ticket price.

  • 09.50 At Paasitorni Congress roll call of participants’ names.
  • 10.00 Buss leaves from Paasitorni to Porvoo.
  • 11.00 Guided tour in the iconic Porvoo old town and a visit to Finland’s national poet Runeberg’s home museum.
  • 13.00 Lunch – included in your DAL-ticket.
  • 14.15 Free time in Porvoo.
  • 15.15 Visit to Brunberg sweets factory. 
    16.00 Return to Helsinki. The bus will go to Paasitorni Congress.

Details subject to change

25 – 30 June 2023 - Helsinki, Finland

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