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REPUBLIKA SRBIJA
AUTONOMNA POKRAJINA VOJVODINA

Pokrajinski sekretarijat za obrazovanje, upravu i nacionalne zajednice

REPUBLIKA SRBIJA
AUTONOMNA POKRAJINA VOJVODINA

Pokrajinski sekretarijat za obrazovanje, upravu i nacionalne zajednice

OFFICIAL USE OF LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS IN THE AUTONOMOUS PROVINCE OF VOJVODINA


The Constitution of the Republic of Serbia ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 83/06), Article 10 stipulates that Serbian language and Cyrillic script shall be in the official use in the Republic of Serbia and that official use of other languages and scripts shall be regulated by the law, based on the Constitution. In addition, the provision of Article 79 shall precisely establish the right of persons belonging to national minorities to preserve their uniqueness, which among other things, involves the entitlement to use their language and script.

The Statute of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina ("Official Journal of the APV”, No. 17/09) Article 26 shall establish that in bodies and organisations of the AP of Vojvodina, the Serbian language and Cyrillic script shall be in official use, as well as Hungarian, Slovak, Croatian, Romanian and Ruthenian languages and their scripts, in accordance with the law and Provincial Assembly Decision. The use of Latin script of the Serbian language in the bodies and organisations of the AP of Vojvodina shall be regulated by a Provincial Assembly Decision in accordance with the law.

The statute of the municipality and/or town/city shall establish which languages and scripts shall be in official use on the territory of the municipality, i.e. town or settlement.

In the territory of the AP of Vojvodina, in all municipalities and cities (45), the Serbian language and Cyrillic script shall be in official use, whereas, Latin script shall be in official use in 22 municipalities in total. In 9 municipalities the official use of only Serbian language has been established, whereas in 33 municipalities, in addition, one or several national minority languages and scripts shall be in official use (Hungarian language and script in 27, Slovakian language and script in 11, Romanian language and script in 8 and Ruthenian language and script in 6 municipalities). In the city of Subotica, Croatian language and script shall be in official use, too, and in the municipality of Bela Crkva Czech language and script as well. Official use of particular national minority languages and scripts in territories of Beočin, Vršac, Kikinda, Stara Pazova, Apatin, and cities of Sremska Mitrovica, Sombor and Pančevo shall be established only in certain settlements in these municipalities, i.e. cities.

Article 76 of Law on Establishing the Competences of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 99/09) has established that the Autonomous Province, through its bodies, in compliance with law regulating the use of languages and scripts, shall regulate more specifically the official use of languages and scripts of national minorities in the territory of the Autonomous Province and perform the inspection, as a delegated task, in accordance with the law regulating the official use of languages and scripts.

The official use of language and script has been regulated by Law on Official Use of Languages and Scripts ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 45/91, 101/05 and 30/2010) and in the Provincial Assembly Decision on More Detailed Regulation of Specified Issues of Official Use of Languages and Scripts of National Minorities in the Territory of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina ("Official Journal of the APV", No. 8/03, 09/03 and 18/09.

Department of Administrative Supervision shall prepare every year the information for the Government of the APV on the following:

- issuance of public documents from the register and certificates in bilingual forms;
- functioning of organisational units outside the headquarters of the authority in terms of Article 36 of the Decision on the Provincial Administration.

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 83/06)
LAW ON ESTABLISHING THE COMPETENCES OF THE AUTONOMOUS PROVINCE ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 99/09)
LAW ON OFFICIAL USE OF LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 45/91, 101/05 and 30/2010)
THE STATUTE OF THE AP OF VOJVODINA ("Official Journal of the APV", No. 17/09)
THE PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY DECISION ON MORE DETAILED REGULATION OF SPECIFIED ISSUES OF THE OFFICIAL USE OF LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS OF NATIONAL MINORITIES IN THE TERRITORY OF THE AP OF VOJVODINA ("Official Journal of the APV", No. 8/03, 9 /03 and 18/09)

03.10.2011