National Council

The highest organ of minority self-managment

National councils, as the highest organs of minority self-management in the Republic of Serbia, were established on the basis of the Law on Protection of Rights and Freedoms of National Minorities in 2002 in former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia which was verified by the Assembly, and with organizational and other support of the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights.
In the same year, among the first national communities, the Ruthenian national community founded its own Council on the 2nd of November 2002. The mandate of the first National Council of the Rusyn National Minority lasted to the 30th of October 2004, when, after the early Electoral Assembly, the new one was elected.
From the first, not quite defined inherencies and limitations of functioning of National Councils, from year to year, their role and competence have been incorporated in several laws regulating the fields in which they have been entrusted a great deal of inherencies, in order to become finally a constitutional category in the new Constitution of the Republic of Serbia.
Bearing this in mind, as well as the resolutions offered in the new Law on National Councils of National Minorities today we can say that they represent the most legitimate self-management bodies of minorities in the Republic of Serbia. National Councils have been given a possibility, but also the obligation, to coordinate and take care of the implementation of minority rights in the fields of education, culture, information and in the field of official use of language and writing. At the same time, they take on activities within their community and toward all state organs, with the aim to build a high level of partner relations.
In this way, in the majority of communities, National Councils have supported various financial and organizational activities in the fields of culture, education, information and in the field of official use of language and writing. Also, continually and hard, along with the state, National Councils have built and improved the existing and created new systematic legal assumptions for better functioning of minority communities.
Unquestionably, the Ruthenians, as well as other national communities in the region, having established the National Council, for the first time in their history, received the opportunity to create a great deal of their own fate with the funds provided by the state in which they live and which has really been accepted by them as their own.
Most of the Ruthenians live in the AP Vojvodina, on the territory where the Ruthenian language has been in official use for several decades, both in the provincial organs and on the territory of six municipalities in which the Ruthenians live in a significant number. Very good understanding and cooperation with the organs of the AP Vojvodina could be a prominent example for many developed European democratic societies and states.

Organization structure of the National Council of the Rusyn National Minority


Official seat:
Address: Fruškogorska 64,25233 Ruski Krstur

Tel.: +381 25 705 222
Tel./Fax: +381 25 705 333
Web site:






Members of the National Council

1. Slavko Rac (Ruski Krstur), president
2. Sabadoš Miron (Đurđevo),
3. Dupalo Vera (Šid), vice-president,
4. Vinaji Đura (Novi Sad), vice-president,
5. Mudri Jovgen (Novi Sad), 
6. Rimar Melanija (Novi Sad),
7. Paljenkaš Sašo (Ruski Krstur),
8. Besermenji Miroslav (Sremska Mitrovica), member
9. Vislavski Leona (Đurđevo), member
10. Hnatko Zvonko (Šid), member
11. Gubaš Nikola (Kucura), member
12. Edelinski Mihajlo (Novo Orahovo), member
13. Zazuljak Mihajlo (Ruski Krstur), member
14. Nada Lenđer (Vrbas), member
15. Makaji-Mudroh Nataša (Sremska Kamenica), member
16. Malacko Mihajlo (Ruski Krstur), member
17. Međeši Aranka (Kucura), member
18. Papuga Đura (Ruski Krstur), member
19. Papuga Olena (Novi Sad), member

Branch Offices

1. Seat of the National Council of the Rusyn National Minority Fruškogorska 64, 25233 Ruski Krstur
Tel.: +381 25 705 222
Tel./Fax: +381 25 705 333
Web site:
Working hours: 09:00 - 16:00

2. Branch Office Vrbas
Njegoševa 21, 21460 Vrbas
Tel./Fax: +381 21 706 257
Working hours: 18:00 - 20:00

3. Branch Office Ðurđevo
Kralja Petra I 64, 21239 Ðurđevo
Tel./Fax: +381 21 838 400
Working hours: 18:00 - 20:00

4. Branch Office Kula
M. Tita 248, 25230 Kula
Tel./Fax: +381 25 722 564
Working hours: 18:00 - 20:00

5. Branch Office Kucura
M. Tita 55/a, 21466 Kucura
Tel./Fax: +381 21 728 374
Working hours: 10:00 - 12:00

6. Branch Office Novi Sad
Jovana Subotića 8, 21000 Novi Sad
Tel./Fax: +381 21 529 626
Working hours: 09:00 - 14:00

7. Branch Office Novo Orahovo
Košuta Lajoša 2, 24351 Novo Orahovo
Tel./Fax: +381 24 723 410
Working hours: 9:00 - 11:00

8. Branch Office Sremska Mitrovica
Parobrodska 15, 22000 Sremska Mitrovica
Tel./Fax: +381 22 622 333
Working hours: 18:00 - 20:00

9. Branch Office Subotica
Štrosmajerova 8, 24000 Subotica
Tel./Fax: +381 24 553 164
Working hours: 18:00 - 20:00

10. Branch Office Šid
Cara Lazara 105, 22240 Šid
Tel./Fax: +381 22 715 963
Working hours: 18:00 - 20:00