Greens of Serbia

The Greens of Serbia (Serbian: Зелени Србије, romanized: Zeleni Srbije; abbr. ЗС or ZS) is a green political party in Serbia. Established on 14 September 2007, this party advocates environmental and ecological wisdom, social justice and solidarity, direct democracy, green economics, sustainability, respect for diversity and human rights, and prevention of all forms of violence. The Greens of Serbia has observer status in the Global Greens and is applicant for the European Green Party.

Greens of Serbia
Зелени Србије
Zeleni Srbije
PresidentIvan Karić
FoundedSeptember 14, 2007 (2007-09-14)
HeadquartersCara Dušana 6, Belgrade
Political positionCentre-left
National affiliationSPSJS
European affiliationEuropean Green Party (Applicant)
International affiliationGlobal Greens (Observer)
National Assembly of the Republic
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In early 2014 the ZS had signed political cooperation with the New Democratic Party, a political fraction of the Democratic Party led by its former leader and the nation's president Boris Tadić. Originally agreeing to form a political cooperation and jointly go at the forthcoming 2014 elections, by mid-February 2014 the NDS had collectively joined the Greens, who chose a new Statute, program and Tadić as their party leader, officially preregistering under the name New Democratic Party–Greens. On 14 June 2014, the New Democratic Party seceded and became independent political party, so the name of the party was changed again to "Greens of Serbia".


Greens of Serbia

The Greens of Serbia was established on 14 September 2007. In March 2010 they finished re-registration process by collecting 13,500 signatures. The Greens of Serbia are organized in local and municipal units named movements. There are over 80 movements established throughout Serbia.

Activities of the Greens of Serbia are directed towards the development of Serbia as a democratic and prosperous country in the European Union. Actions and plans of the Greens of Serbia lean on the experience of other green parties throughout Europe and the world. That means environmental protection, promotion of the sustainable development of the society, development of the new perspectives in the European Union, support for the dialogue and conflict prevention and participation in the development of the alternative global cooperation forums together with other green parties.

In 2011 the Greens of Serbia started the major campaign against genetically modified food and launched a petition against genetically modified organisms that was signed by over 36,000 people. Law on GMOs was drafted by experts from the Greens of Serbia and together with the petition submitted to the National Assembly of Serbia on October 26, 2011.

In November 2011 the Greens of Serbia have started the public debate because high officials from the Public company "Serbian Nuclear Facilities", which is placed in Vinča, near Belgrade, announced through media that “The biggest radioactive waste storage in Europe is opened”. The Greens of Serbia sent official request to the Public company "Serbian Nuclear Facilities" to provide public access to the environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment and to explain why the public in Serbia was not informed about all important aspects in this case. European Green Party adopted at the Congress held in Paris in autumn 2011 an emergency resolution against new nuclear plants and nuclear waste storage in Europe.

Electoral results

Parliamentary results

Year Leader Popular vote  % of popular vote # of seats Seat change Coalition Status
2012 Ivan Karić 863,294 22.07%
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1 IZBŽ opposition
2014 204,767 5.70%
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With NDS-LSV-ZZS opposition
2016 413,770 10.95%
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1 With SPS-JS-KP gov't support
2020 334,333 10.38%
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1 With SPS-JS-KP gov't support

Early electoral results

In 2010 the Greens of Serbia received 2% of the popular vote in the Bor municipality local election, although the movement was formed a month before the election. In the City of Pančevo, the Greens of Serbia have a councillor.
In 2012 the Greens of Serbia won its first seat of the Serbian parliament as part of Choice for a Better Life. The coalition received 22.1% of the popular vote and 67 seats; 1 seat was allocated to the leader of the Greens of Serbia, Ivan Karić.

New Democratic Party—Greens

In early February 2014 ZS had decided to join Boris Tadić's New Democratic Party under formation, so henceforth they will be considered a single organization under the name "New Democratic Party-Greens".[1] Subsequently, ZS passed a new Statute on 10 February 2014 and officially changed its name to New Democratic Party–Greens'. The New Democratic Party seceded from this union after the election, and on 14 June 2014 the name of the party was changed back to "Greens of Serbia".[2][3]

Alliance with the Socialist Party

The Greens of Serbia contested the 2016 parliamentary election in an alliance with the Socialist Party of Serbia. Two Green candidates were elected: Karić and Ljubinko Rakonjac.


  1. "Нова демократска странка и Зелени – изборно обједињавање снага - Зелени Србије".
  2. "Зелени Србије поново самостални" [Greens of Serbia Independent Again]. Greens of Serbia official web site. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  3. "Zeleni samostalno,NDS se registruje" [Greens Independent, NDS to Register]. B92. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.