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Profile of registrant

Church and Society Commission of CEC

Identification number in the register: 55481528937-66
Registration date: 08/06/12 14:07:24

The information on this organisation was last modified on 05/06/14 14:48:02
The date of the last annual update was 05/06/14 14:38:27

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Church and Society Commission of CEC
Acronym: CSC of CEC
Legal status: International Non-Profit Organisation
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  Serge Fornerod
Position: Moderator of the Church and Society Commission

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Frank-Dieter Fischbach
Position: Interim Staff Coordinator

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 174 Rue Joseph II 
Brussels 1000
Telephone number: (+32) 22301732
Fax number: (+32) 22311413
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The Church and Society Commission is one of the commissions of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). The CSC links CEC’s 125 Member Churches from all over Europe and its 40 Associated Organisations with the European Union’s institutions, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, NATO and the UN (on European matters). It engages its Member Churches and Associated Organisations in studies and projects relevant to church and society and thus supports and strengthens the common witness of European churches vis-à-vis the European institutions and in the respective European societies.

The CSC was established in 1999 as a result of an integration process between CEC and the European Ecumenical Commission for Church and Society (EECCS), both of which had a long-standing record of working in the field of church and society.

CEC was founded in 1959 as a bridge-building organisation between the churches in Eastern and Western Europe.
1984 can be regarded as the founding date for EECCS, which was established as a representation of churches vis-à-vis the European institutions.

Following this integration process, the CSC received a special status within CEC. Its work programme as well as its working mechanisms and methods are determined by a 24-person Commission in agreement with CEC’s Central Committee.
The Commission Plenary meets once a year and elects the CSC Executive Committee. In consultation with the General Secretary of CEC, it can make public statements on issues within its remit. The CSC has secretariats in Brussels and Strasbourg and maintains strong links with the CEC headquarters in Geneva. The Directorate of the CSC is based in Brussels.

Mandate and Methods

Our mandate

• Study and examination of Church and Society questions in a socio-ethical perspective such as EECCS and CEC have undertaken up to now (for example: peace, justice and the integrity of creation, reconciliation, churches and governments);

• Monitor the European institutions: European Union, Council of Europe, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, in relation to themes such as the European integration process, democratisation, establishment of the rule of law, human rights and minority questions, European security, economic and social questions, the environment;

• Deal with the specific responsibility of the churches in the Member States of the European Union for the internal policies of the EU.

How we work

• The Church and Society Commission (CSC) monitors developments in the European institutions and makes inputs to the institutions on behalf of its Member Churches.

• CSC acts through its working groups which study church and society issues and engage Member Churches in consultations and projects on specific topics.

• CSC closely cooperates with other church-related organisations and NGOs such as CCME, Eurodiaconia, APRODEV and COMECE.

• CSC bases its actions on its work programme through flexible and ad-hoc working mechanisms and methods. More information on

• In the implementation of its agenda, regular communication between CSC and its Member Churches and the institutions is of crucial importance.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European

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

Number of persons: 5
Complementary information: persons accredited for access to European Parliament Premises :

Elizabeta Kitanovic
Frank-Dieter Fischbach
Peter Pavlovic
Richard Fischer
Robert Innes

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Peter Pavlovic 01/05/14 28/04/15
Elizabeta Kitanovic 01/05/14 28/04/15
Robert Innes 06/05/14 30/04/15
Frank-Dieter Fischbach 01/05/14 28/04/15
Richard Fischer 02/04/14 31/03/15


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

European Integration
Social Policy
Human Rights

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

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Budget
  • Climate Action
  • Communication
  • Competition
  • Culture
  • Customs
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enlargement
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Research and Technology
  • Taxation
  • Trade
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Youth


Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 25
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • Church of Scotland (0 members)
  • Methodist Church in Ireland / Irish Council of Churches (0 members)
  • Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Slovakia (0 members)
  • Evangelical Church in Germany (0 members)
  • Waldensian Church and Italian Protestant Federation (0 members)
  • Union of Protestant Churches of Alsace and Lorraine (0 members)
  • Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (0 members)
  • Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (0 members)
  • Romanian Orthodox Church (0 members)
  • Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia (0 members)
  • Reformed Church in Hungary / Ecumenical Council of Churches in Hungary (0 members)
  • Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (0 members)
  • Orthodox Church of Greece (0 members)
  • Methodist Church of Great Britain (0 members)
  • Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland (0 members)
  • United Protestant Church of Belgium (0 members)
  • Evangelical-Reformed Church in Poland (0 members)
  • Armenian Apostolic Church (0 members)
  • Orthodox Church of Cyprus (0 members)
  • Church of England (0 members)
  • Church of Norway (0 members)
  • Mission Covenant Church of Sweden (0 members)
  • Protestant Church in Austria (0 members)
  • Protestant Church in the Netherlands (0 members)
  • Union of Evangelical Free Churches in Germany (German Baptist Union) (0 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.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 966,188
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 966,188
- donations: 11,071
- contributions from members: 619,044
Project contributions : 116,692
Other sources : 219,381
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 100000  € - 150000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

CSC's core activities are financed by members' contribution, specific fundraising is undertaken for project activities

Code of conduct

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