Cooperarion partners

Several church organisations work within the Ecumenical Centre at the heart of the EU quarter of Brussels, monitoring EU legislation and working on issues of concern to the churches. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is actively engaged in the work of the centre.

The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 125 Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant, and Old Catholic Churches. Two CEC commissions work in Brussels:

  • The Church and Society Commission (CSC) works on issues such as social and environmental policy, human rights, peace and security, the enlargement of the Union and its institutional development. The Church and Society Commission also has an office in Strasbourg.
  • The Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) covers migration and refugee policy, racism, discrimination and integration.

Eurodiaconia and Aprodev (Association of World Council of Churches related Development Organisations in Europe) work to facilitate cooperation in diaconal and development work. The church is involved in both organisations – through FinnChurchAid in the case of Aprodev.

The church works closely with the Church of Sweden and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the Roman Catholic Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Brussels office of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities.

In EU funding issues, the church works with the Ecumenical EU Office in Sweden (Kykornas EU-kontor). The Commission for Church Employers is a member of the Finnish section of the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services (CEEP).