Report of the Committee on state subsidies for registered religious communities
- Rekisteröityjen uskonnollisten yhdyskuntien valtionavustustyöryhmän mietintö (Report of the Committee on state subsidies for registered religious communities)
- Chair: Heikki Rosti
Secretary: Joni Hiitola
- Committee on state subsidies for registered religious committees
- Series of publications
- Reports of the Ministry of Education, Finland 2005:15
- Number of pages
- 952-442-916-0 (pbk)
- Helsinki University Press
- Ministry of Education
The committee was appointed to look into the situation in the state subsidies for registered religious communities and make proposals for a state subsidy system.
According to the proposal, state subsidy could be granted to religious communities on the basis of membership. State subsidy would not be granted to communities which have fewer than a hundred members or to communities which have no factual or very little factual activities. The aim is to achieve clear allocation criteria whose application requires as little value-based discretion as possible.
The committee sees that the state subsidies for religious communities do not require separate statutes but would come under the Government Transfers Act.
The committee further proposes that the appropriation for the state subsidies
should be decided annually in connection with the state budget. The basis of calculation could be
the share received by the Evangelical-Lutheran congregations of the companies tax
revenue, minus the cost of graveyard maintenance. This would make some 5 - 7.7 euro per community member in subsidy.
The committee proposes exploring the possibility of delegating the allocation of the subsidy from the Ministry of Education to a lower agency, such as a provincial state office.