The Serb National Council has been putting forward candidates for national minority councils and representatives, elected in line with the procedure stipulated by the Constitutional Act on the Rights of National Minorities in Republic of Croatia and the Act on the Election of National Minority Councils and Representatives, since 2003. National minorities in Croatia, including the Serbian national minority, can elect councils in self-government units where they make up at least 1.5% of the total population, namely in local self-government units where there are over 200 inhabitants who belong to a national minority and in regional self-government units where over 500 inhabitants belong to a national minority. Municipal national minority councils include 10, city councils 15, and county councils 25 representatives of each national minority. If the conditions for council elections are not met and there are at least 100 citizens living in the area who belong to a national minority, this minority has the right to elect its representative. Councils and representatives are elected to preserve and protect the rights of national minorities and to participate in public life and local self-governance.
After the last election, held in May 2019, citizens belonging to the Serbian nationality minority voted for the lists put forward by the Serb National Council in 19 counties, 55 cities, and 73 municipalities. The Serbian national minority thus placed its trust in the Serb National Council in 147 locations in Croatia and elected 1770 councilors from the Council’s ranks.
As the body which coordinates the work of councils, the SNV develops their interconnectedness and programs and ensures the establishment of good administrative, civil-service, and financial practices in their work. It extends councils’ advisory, financial, material, and expert support, engages professional secretaries of councils and looks after their education and networking. It pays special attention to councils and representatives that are worse off in terms of funding, programs, and infrastructure, as well as to the involvement of women and youth.
The SNV‘s goal is to achieve the best possible organisation and coherence among minority councils and representatives who represent the most important link between people and their local problems and Serb organisations. They are bodies and individuals that have been legitimately elected and therefore have the legal authority and obligation to deal with subjects of interest to Serb people.
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