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Commissioner for Protection of Equality

SERBIA: Commissioner for the Protection of Equality

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Commissioner for the Protection of Equality is an independent, autonomous authority for prevention of all forms and types of discrimination.
The Commissioner for the Protection of Equality is competent to carry out the procedure based on complaints in cases of discrimination against persons or groups of persons connected by the same personal characteristic. The Commissioner is competent to receive and consider complaints of discrimination, to issue opinions and recommendations in concrete discrimination cases, and to stipulate measures defined by the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination.
All proceedings before the Commissioner are free of charge and tax free.

Brief history

The Commissioner for the Protection of Equality is an independent, autonomous and specialized state authority established on the basis of the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination from 2009.
The first Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, Nevena Petrusic PhD, was elected on May 5th 2010 by the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. The second Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, Brankica Jankovic, was elected on May 26th 2015.
The normative framework for the work of the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality consists of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, the relevant international documents, and general and special antidiscrimination laws of the Republic of Serbia.
The task of the Commissioner is to prevent all forms, types and cases of discrimination, to protect the equality of natural persons and legal entities in all spheres of social relations, to oversee the enforcement of antidiscrimination regulations, and to improve realization and protection of equality.

Mandate type
  • Combined tribunal-type and promotion-type
Litigation powers
  • Bringing proceedings in own name
  • Intervening before the court
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) legally binding
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)noyesyesyesyesyesyesnonono
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)nononoyesyesyesyesyesnono
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)noyesnonoyesyesyesyesnono
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnono
Publications and reportsnoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnono
Research projects (including surveys)nonoyesyesnoyesyesyesnono
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Hate speech
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)12438560076387810401346no datano datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)127346465716666797626no datano datano data
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media5015043955070622242072no datano datano data
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Management details

The Office is managed by the Commissioner and the sectors are managed by the Assistants to the Commissioner. The Commissioner establishes the Consortium as an advisory body. The Commissioner’s Consortium consists of the Commissioner, three Commissioner’s Assistants, and the Commissioner’s Head of Office. If necessary, heads of organisational units can participate in the work of the Consortium, upon the Commissioner call.

Additional details

The organisational structure of the CPE Office is set by the Rulebook on Internal Organisation and Systematisation of Posts. This act provisions establishment of three sectors as the basic internal units:
- Sector for Protection of Equality: Department for Acting upon Complaints, (Group for Complaints – public sector, Group for Complaints – private sector), Section of Litigation, Section for Normative and Legal Matters
- Sector for Improvement of Equality: : Group for Projects, Group for Collaboration, Group for Research, Analysis and Reporting Sector for General Affairs: Human Resource and Finance Department (Group for Finance, Group for Human Resource), Group for IT Affairs, Section of Registry with Archive
- Sector for General Affairs.

The Commissioner’s Office and the Group for Disseminating Information are established as special internal units.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

The Commissioner is elected by the National Assembly by majority vote of all members. Candidate for the Commissioner is proposed bythe Committee on Constitutional and Legislative Issues with the majority vote of its members. Every parliamentary group in the National Assembly has the right to propose a candidate to the Committee.
Any national of the Republic of Serbia may be elected to the post of the Commissioner provided that he/she fulfils the following conditions: being a graduate of law; having a minimum of ten years’ working experience in legal matters pertaining to the area of human rights protection; having high moral and professional qualities. The Commissioner may not perform any other public or political function or any political activity, in accordance with the law.
The jobs of Commissioner’s Assistants and of Chief of cabinet are defined as positions. The Commissioner’s Assistants are appointed to this position for the period of five years, on the basis of an internal or public job competition, while the Head of Office is appointed to this position until the expiry of the Commissioner’s term of office. The Commissioner’s Assistants and the Chief of Cabinet are categorized in the first group of positions (while the Chief of cabinet is categorized in the third group of positions). All other jobs are executive jobs, including jobs of managers of smaller internal organizational units.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
77881212no datano datano datano data
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
Grounds / FieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identityyesyesyesyesyes
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationyesyesyesyesyes
Religion & Beliefyesyesyesyesyes

Other grounds : Skin colour, Citizenship, Language, Economic status, Birth, Genetic characteristics, Health, Marital and family status, Previous conviction, Appearance, Membership in political parties, trade unions or other organizations…

Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
0601479.83871569.82670810.35608694.89601819.55683101.00no datano datano data
Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions).
00000000no datano data
We are accountable to:
  • National Parliament

Related News

The Serbian Commissioner for the protection of Equality organizes “The First Regional Forum of South-east Europe Equality Bodies“ on the occasion of the International Tolerance Day (Belgrade, 16 November 2016, 11:00 -13:00).


The research “Education and Community Living as a Precondition of Equality of Children with Disabilities” was carried out in the period from May to October 2015 within the project “Children with Disabilities in Residential Institutions as Victims of Multiple Discrimination”. The aim of the project is to contribute to the fight against discrimination against children with disabilities in the education system, and it is implemented by the Mental Disabilities Rights Initiative MDRI-S in partnership with the Initiative for Inclusion VelikiMali and cooperation with the Commissioner for Protection of Equality. The project is supported by the European Union under the Civil Society Facility 2013.


On 16 May 2017 the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published two country reports and four conclusions on the implementation of previous recommendations. In their publications, ECRI pays special attention to the need for independent equality bodies with sufficient resources and powers.


We regularly have our members take over our Twitter account @equineteurope in order for them to present their work on promoting equality and combatting discrimination in their country. We do this in order to highlight the work of Equinet and our members through a mix of experiences and opinions from across Europe. This week, it is the turn of our Serbian colleagues at the Commissioner for Protection of Equality (@ravnopravnostRS).


Equinet Calendar 2018

January 11th 2018

Equality bodies assist victims of discrimination in a wide variety of ways. This calendar highlights some of the work that our members do to promote equal treatment in their respective countries


On 29th October 2018, the Albanian Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination organized the Third Regional Conference of Equality Bodies, by topic “Independence of Equality Bodies”, at the Palace of Brigades, in Tirana, Albania. The Conference was partly financially supported by the OSCE.


Equinet Calendar 2019

January 3rd 2019

Equality bodies assist victims of discrimination in a wide variety of ways. This calendar highlights some of the work that our members do to promote equal treatment in their respective countries.


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General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Commissioner for the Protection of Equality

Full name in the national language(s):

Повереник за заштиту равноправности

Postal address:
Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 84, 11000 Belgrade, Republic of Serbia

General email address:


Telephone number:



@ravnopravnostRS (

Other social media channels:

Poverenik za zaštitu ravnopravnosti (, You Tube Chanel - Poverenik (

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Serbian, English

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Zlatana Maletić

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Brankica Janković

Engagement with Equinet

Cluster : Working Group : Research & Data Collection
Bogdan Banjac, Slavica Nikolić
Working Group: Communication
Zlatana Maletić, Draga Vukčević-Anđelković
Working Group: Gender Equality
Tijana Milošević, Sanja Stanković
Working Group: Equality Law
Mirjana Kecman, Relja Pantić
Working Group: Policy Formation
Tatjana Jokanović, Tatjana Prijić
Project : Implementing Standards
Brankica Janković, Jelena Kotević

Contact Person


Tatjana Jokanović, Draga Vukčević-Anđelković