Serb National Council

For the council in North Kosovo, see Serbian National Council of Kosovo and Metohija.
Serb National Council
Croatian: Srpsko narodno vijeće
Serbian: Српско народно веће

SNV logo
Formation 1997[1]
Type umbrella organization
Legal status elected political, advisory and coordinating umbrella organization
Purpose protection of interests of and rights of Serbs in Croatia
Headquarters Zagreb
Region served
Croatia Croatia
Serb Democratic Forum
Serbian Community of Rijeka
Serbian Community of Istria
Joint Council of Municipalities
Independent Democratic Serb Party
Baranja Democratic Forum
Association of Serbian Refugees and Expellees from Croatia
Some of parishes of Serbian Orthodox Church in Croatia
MPs and prominent individuals
Official language
Croatian, Serbian
Milorad Pupovac[2]
Branko Jurišić

The Serb National Council (Croatian: Srpsko narodno vijeće, Serbian Cyrillic: Српско народно вијеће) is elected political, consulting and coordinating body acting as a form of self-government and institution of cultural autonomy of Serbs of Croatia in matters regarding civil rights and cultural identity.[3][4] Council main focuses are human, civil and national rights, as well the issues of Serbs of Croatia identity, participation and integration in the Croatian society.[4]


Founding members were:


Castle of Adamovich-Cseh, Place where there Erdut Agreement was signed in 1995 ending the war in Croatia

The organisation was founded in July 1997 after and on the basis of the Erdut Agreement, as well as on centuries-old traditions of Serbian that dates back to the time of early church-folk parliaments, through legislative and political acts regulating position of Serbs in Croatia during the 18th and 19th century, and documents of ZAVNOH.[1]


Serb National Council Statute consists of 29 articles.[5] According to Statute Article 2, legal bases for establishment of Council are:


Milorad Pupovac is current president of the Serb National Council.

The Serb National Council structure consist of Assembly, Presidency, The Supervisory Board, President, Deputy President and Vice Presidents. Permanent working bodies of Presidency are: 1) Committee for the selection, appointment and organization, 2) Committee for Human Rights in the constitutional and legal position of the Serbs, 3) Committee on education and youth, 4) Committee for return, reconstruction and socio-economic position of Serbs, 5) Committee on Information, publishing and documentation and 6) Committee for Cooperation with the Serbs in other countries.[5]

Regional and local councils

County City or municipality
Vukovar-Syrmia County
Koprivnica-Križevci County
Varaždin County
Sisak-Moslavina County
Split-Dalmatia County
Dubrovnik-Neretva County
Lika-Senj County
Bjelovar-Bilogora County
Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
Šibenik-Knin County
Požega-Slavonia County
Brod-Posavina County
Zadar County
Istria County
Virovitica-Podravina County
Zagreb County
Karlovac County
Osijek-Baranja County
Međimurje County


The Council is target of criticism of Croatian far-right parties and groups such as Croatian Party of Rights[6] and Croatian Party of Rights dr. Ante Starčević.[7]

In 2012 Council was criticized by Serbian Democratic Forum for alleged non-transparent and illegal management of funds allocated by Croatian Government for development and work of Serb organisations and institutions in Croatia.[8]



  1. 1 2 "Srpsko narodno vijeće-o nama". Serb National Council. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  2. "Lecture by Prof. Dr. Milorad Pupovac, President of the Serb National Council in R. Croatia and a member of the Croatian Parliament, at the Diplomatic Academy". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Serbia). 4 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  3. "About SNV". Serb National Council. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  4. 1 2 "Serbian National Council". UNHCR. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  5. 1 2 3 "Statut Srpskog narodnog vijeća" (PDF). Serb National Council. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  6. "HSP: Srpsko narodno vijeće provocira hrvatsku javnost". Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  7. "Srpsko narodno vijeće potiče huškačke i radikalne poteze". Dalmacija News. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  8. (2012-07-24). "SDF urges gov't to stop non-transparent financing of SNV". T-portal. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
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