Office for Religious Communities
The Office for Religious Communities monitors the situation of churches and other religious communities, provides professional assistance to churches and other religious communities, and informs them of regulations, other acts and measures that affect their operations.
The Office conducts the registration procedure, keeps the register of churches and other religious communities, issues extracts from the register, and provides data on the status of the register. It issues certificates on the legal personality of component parts of churches and other religious communities.
The Office makes payments and carries out the necessary budget activities to provide earmarked state financial support relating to partial payment of social security contributions of religious employees.
It participates in the drafting of regulations, other acts and measures relating to the activities of churches or other religious communities and monitors the implementation of regulations governing their activities. In addressing outstanding issues, the Office cooperates with ministries and other state and local authorities and organisations.
It organises discussions and meetings with the representatives of churches and other religious communities and, within the limits of its competence, creates the appropriate conditions for the exercise of religious freedom and equal treatment of persons, regardless of religious belief, by raising awareness and monitoring the situation in this field.
The Office for Religious Communities is also the head office of the Government Council for Dialogue on Religious Freedom.