I Basic Provisions
The Republic of Serbia is a democratic State of all citizens living within it, founded upon
the freedoms and rights of man and citizen, the rule of law, and social justice.
Sovereignty is vested in all the citizens of the Repub1ic of Serbia.
Citizens shall exercise their sovereignty through a referendum, people's initiative, and
their freely elected representatives,
* The text of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia is published in the "Sluzbeni
glasnik Republike Srbije", number 1/1990.
In the Republic of Serbia everything shall be permitted unless it has been prohibited by
the Constitution and law.
Guaranteed and recognized by the Constitution are the individual, political, national,
economic, social, cultural, and other rights of man and citizen.
The territory of the Republic of Serbia is a single whole, no part of which may be
Any change in the boundaries of the Republic of Serbia shall be decided upon by the
citizens in a referendum.
The Republic of Serbia has a coat of arms, a flag, and a national anthem.
The coat of arms, the flag, and the national anthem shall be determined under the
procedure provided for amending the Constitution.
The capital city of the Republic of Serbia is Belgrade.
The Republic of Serbia includes the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and the
Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohia, these being the forms of territorial
The municipality is a territorial unit in which local self-government is exercised.
The City of Belgrade is a separate territorial entity. The territorial organization of the
Republic of Serbia is regulated by law.
In the Republic of Serbia the Serbo-Croatian language and the Cyrillic alphabet shall be
officially used, while the Latinic alphabet shall be officially used in the manner
established by law.
In the regions of the Republic of Serbia inhabited by national minorities, their own
languages and alphabets shall be officially used as well, in the manner established by
Constituent and legislative power is vested in the National Assembly.
The Republic of Serbia is represented and its State unity symbolized by the President
of the Republic.
Executive power is vested in the Government. Judicial power is vested in the courts of
law. The protection of constitutionality, as well as the protection of legality, in
accordance with the Constitution, is vested in the Constitutional Court.
The work of State agencies shall be open to the public. The publicity of work of the
State agencies may be restricted or precluded only in cases provided by law.