Central Secular Council

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The Central Secular Council[1] (Dutch: Centrale Vrijzinnige Raad (CVR), full name Centrale Vrijzinnige Raad der niet-confessionele levensbeschouwelijke Gemeenschappen van België vzw; French: Conseil central laïque (CCL), full name Conseil central des communautés philosophiques non confessionnelles a.s.b.l.[2]) is the highest body of nonreligious organisations in Belgium. It federates the French-speaking Centre d'Action Laïque (CAL) and the Dutch-speaking Unie Vrijzinnige Verenigingen (UVV or deMens.nu). It was founded on 21 June 1972.[3]

The Central Secular Council[2]

  • represents the nonreligious communities in their relations with the civil government;
  • coordinates the organisation and working of the nonreligious moral services, and management of the material and financial interests of the nonreligious communities it comprises;
  • regulates the functioning of the office of representatives who provide moral services based on a nonreligious worldview, and their appointment with regard to the state.


  1. ^ Davis, Derek; Miroshnikova, Elena (1 February 2013). The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education. Routledge. p. 54. ISBN 9781136256424. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Centrale Vrijzinnige Raad". deMens.nu (in Dutch). Unie Vrijzinnige Verenigingen. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  3. ^ Defosse, Pol (2005). Dictionnaire historique de la laïcité en Belgique (in French). Luc Pire Editions. p. 66. Retrieved 22 November 2015.