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REPUBLIKA SRBIJA
AUTONOMNA POKRAJINA VOJVODINA

Pokrajinski sekretarijat za obrazovanje, propise, upravu i nacionalne manjine – nacionalne zajednice

REPUBLIKA SRBIJA
AUTONOMNA POKRAJINA VOJVODINA

Pokrajinski sekretarijat za obrazovanje, propise, upravu i nacionalne manjine – nacionalne zajednice

Official Use of Languages and Scripts in the AP Vojvodina

The Constitution of the Republic of Serbia ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 83/06), Article 10, stipulates that the Serbian language and Cyrillic script shall be in the official use in the Republic of Serbia, while the official use of other languages and scripts shall be regulated by law, based on the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia. In addition, the provision of Article 79 specifies the right of people belonging to minority national communities to preserve specificities, which shall also include the right to use their own languages and scripts.

The Statute of the AP Vojvodina ("Official Journal of the APV", No. 20/2014), Article 24, paragraph 1, stipulates that the Serbian language and Cyrillic script shall be in the official use in authorities and organisations of the AP Vojvodina, as well as the Hungarian, Slovak, Croatian, Romanian and Ruthenian languages and their respective scripts. In addition, paragraph 2 also prescribes that authorities of the AP Vojvodina, within the scope of their competences, shall undertake measures aimed at consistent implementation of the official use of languages and scripts of national minorities-national communities, laid down by law.

The Statute of municipality or city stipulates languages and scripts in the official use in the territory of respective municipality, city or certain settlements.

Table: Languages and scripts in the official use in statutes of cities and municipalities in the territory of the AP Vojvodina

Article 76 of the Law on Establishing the Competences of the AP Vojvodina ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 99/09 and 67/2012- the Decision of the Constitutional Court), prescribes that the autonomous province, through its authorities, shall perform the inspection in the field of the official use of languages and scripts in the territory of the AP Vojvodina-as a delegated task.

Two laws shall be crucial for the regulation of the right to the official use of minority languages: the Law on the Official Use of Languages and Scripts ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 45/91, 53/93, 67/93, 48/94, 101/2005 and 30/2010) and the Law on the Protection of Rights and Freedoms of National Minorities ("Official Journal of the FRY", No. 11/2002, "Official Journal of Serbia and Montenegro", No. 1/2003 -the Constitutional Charter and "Official Gazette of the RS", No. 72/2009-other law and 97/2013- the Decision of the Constitutional Court).

Since the Law on the Protection of Rights and Freedoms of National Minorities has laid down and the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia has confirmed the right to cultural autonomy of national minorities, which also encompasses the right to the official use of languages and scripts, these general laws shall also include the Law on the National Councils of National Minorities ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 72/2009, 20/2014- the Decision of the Constitutional Court and 55/2014), regulating the competences of the national councils, regarding the exercise of the right to the official use of minority languages.

CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 83/06) Download
LAW ON ESTABLISHING THE COMPETENCES OF THE AUTONOMOUS PROVINCE ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 99/09 and 67/2012- the Decision of the Constitutional Court) Download
LAW ON THE OFFICIAL USE OF LANGUAGES AND SCRIPTS ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 45/91, 53/93, 67/93, 48/94, 101/2005 and 30/2010) Download
LAW ON THE PROTECTION OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS OF NATIONAL MINORITIES ("Official Journal of the FRY", No. 11/2002, "Official Journal of Serbia and Montenegro", No. 1/2003 -the Constitutional Charter and "Official Gazette of the RS", No. 72/2009-other law and 97/2013- the Decision of the Constitutional Court) Download
LAW ON THE NATIONAL COUNCILS OF NATIONAL MINORITIES ("Official Gazette of the RS", No. 72/2009, 20/2014- the Decision of the Constitutional Court and 55/2014) Download
STATUTE OF THE AP OF VOJVODINA ("Official Journal of the APV", No. 20/2014) Download

22.09.2014