The concordat policy of John Paul II provides a strong impetus to enhance the role of Bishops’
Conferences and their regulatory function. On the basis of occurred conventiones, these organisms
conclude agreements on various subjects (education, spiritual assistance, cultural heritage). To
understand the significance of the action of the Bishops’ Conferences with the public authorities, it is
important to take into account the relations not only with nations, but also with other political societies.
This is a particularly evident reality in the European Union, where the presence of the Church is
ensured not only by the Apostolic Nuncio to European Communities, but also by the Commission of
the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community.