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The Commision for National Symbols proposed a law on the use of national symbols (coat of arms, flag, anthem) of Serbia. Beside civil flag, in ratio 2:3 and State flag, with lesser coat of arms positioned 1/7 of flag lenght to staff side, Presidential, Prime Minister and President of National Parliament standards were presented.
Proposals have not reached Parliament yet, where 2/3 of the MPs must vote for proposals to be adopted. Now, there is polemic going on in media in Serbia. The most frequent question is 'Why crown, since Serbia is not a monarchy?' That question is not right-minded, considering the number of European republics with crowns on their coats of arms and state flags, e.g. Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Hungary and San Marino.
Ivan Sarajcic, 29 November 2001
Christian Democratic party leader Milan Protic told Vesti that the crown was a symbol of state sovereignty and not necessarily of monarchy.
Christian Berghänel, 29 November 2001
An article in an undated on-line issue of the bimonthly political magazine Srpska Rec (undated, probably from December 2001) explains how the working group presented their proposal for the new symbols of Serbia on 23 November. The working group decided to propose the readoption of the1882 symbols - the plain tricolour as the national flag, the tricolour with coat of arms as the state flag, the coat of arms from the Obrenovic dynasty period and the anthem Boze pravde, also from 1882.
The symbols were supposed to be publicly discussed and eventually adopted. As far as I am aware, we heard nothing about the discussion nor the adoption since. The magazine speculates that if the Serbia and Montenegro state union eventually dissolves, these would in turn become national symbols of an international subject.
Zeljko Heimer, 14 June 2003
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