Serbian National Council (SNV) is elected political, consulting and coordinating body acting as a self government of Serbs in the Republic of Croatia concerning the issues of their human, civil and national rights, as well the issues of their identity, participation and integration in the Croatian society.
Serbian National Council was founded by virtue of the Erdut Agreement, which guarantees stronger local minority self government to Serbs, particularly by virtue of the special item 9 of “The letter of the Government of the Republic of Croatia on the completion of the peaceful reintegration of the areas under the transitory government as a council of the Serbian ethnic community in Croatia, i.e. as an institution of the minority ethnic self government of Serbs in Croatia, and finally by virtue of the Constitutional Law on the rights of national minorities in the Republic of Croatia.
The Council was founded on the basis of the centuries long tradition of Serbian self government, which goes back to the times of first church/popular parliaments, via legal and political acts regulating the position of Serbs in Croatia during the 18th and 19th centuries, to the documents of the State Antifascist Council. The founding assembly meeting of the Council was held on July 19, 1997 in Zagreb at the incentive of the Alliance of Serbian Organizations and its members: Serbian cultural association Prosvjeta, Serbian Democratic Forum, Community of Serbs from Rijeka, Community of Serbs from Istria as well as the Joint Council of Municipalities of Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srijem.
Apart from the founding initiators, founding members were also Serbian Independent Democratic Party, Baranja Democratic Forum, Association of Serbian Refugees and Expellees from Croatia, representatives of some church municipalities of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Members of Parliament of Serbian ethnicity and respectable individuals.
The Council was founded on the values of democracy, civil society, tolerance, multiculturalism and interculturalism and as such is opposed to any kind of ethnic, religious or political extremism which endangers tolerance of differences, recognition of different identities and their integration in the entirety of the national culture.