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Profile of registrant

Church Council, Evangelical -Lutheran Church of Finland

Identification number in the register: 62246798057-28
Registration date: 16/02/12 10:35:14

The information on this organisation was last modified on 03/02/14 13:28:02
The date of the last annual update was 03/02/14 13:28:02

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Church Council, Evangelical -Lutheran Church of Finland
Acronym: ELCF
Legal status: Institution under public law
Website address:


Section: V - Organisations representing churches and religious communities
and more precisely: Organisations representing churches and religious communities

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Jukka Keskitalo
Position: Director General

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mrs  Lena Kumlin
Position: Legal Adviser on European Affairs

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 11 A Satamakatu 
P.O. box: 185
Helsinki 00160
Telephone number: (+358) 9 180 21
Fax number: (+358) 9 180 2350
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland is a majority folk church, with the vast majority (77,3 % or 4,2 million people) of the Finnish population as members. The Church has a special status as a public-law institution and acts in accordance with the principle of transparency and openness of the public administration.

The Church Council is responsible for the Church's common administration, economy and strategy and maintains contacts with the public administration, prepares statements and is the voice of the Church in public discourse.

The goals of the Church Council's work on EU affairs is to monitor EU policies and legislation in areas of relevance for the Church and, when appropriate, try to infleunce the decision-making process on both national and European level, bringing forward perspectives arising from the Christian faith. The aim is also to protect the interests and safeguard the operational preconditions of the Church.

The Church Council stresses the importance of Article 17 of the Lisbon Treaty, calling for an open, transparent and regular dialogue between the EU and Churches.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 12
Complementary information: The Chancellor of the Church Council has the main responsibility for EU affairs. The Legal Adviser for EU affairs is responsible for the daily work related to EU affairs, including monitoring and coordinating EU issues, preparing various statements, keeping in touch with national authorities, EU instituions and various cooperation partners, information and communication.

A EU Reference Group meets on a regular basis in order to discuss current EU issues and decide on possible further measures.

The Church's Advisory Board on European Affairs is a consultative expert body which meets twice a year in order to discuss and reflect on current EU issues of relevance to the Church.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

The Church Council monitors EU affairs on a broad scale. In 2011, the main EU initiatives covered included the Europe 2020-strategy, the EU migration and asylum policy including the implementation of the Stockholm programme and the modernization of the Professional Qualifications Directive.

For current information about our activities, please visit our website

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Climate Action
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Regional Policy
  • Taxation


Total number of members that are natural persons: 300
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Conference of European Churches (CEC) and its Church and Society Commission (CSC) and Churches in Dialogue-commission

Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME)


Ecumenical Office for EU Relations (Ekumeniska EU-kontoret)

Lutheran World Federation

World Council of Churches

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 28,734,894
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 28,734,894
- donations:
- contributions from members: 28,734,894
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 1000000  € - 1250000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

The overall budget of the Church Council consists of contributions from the congregations.

The Church is economically independent. It collects taxes from Church members and receives part of the corporate tax levied by the state as a compensation for the societal duties discharged by the Church, such as maintenance of cemeteries and church buildings.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.