Serbian Progressive Party

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Serbian Progressive Party
Српска напредна странка
Srpska napredna stranka
Logo of the SNS
Party leader Aleksandar Vucic
Deputy Chairman Jorgovanka Tabaković
founding October 21, 2008
Place of foundation Belgrade
Headquarters Čika Ljubina 8
Belgrade 11000
Alignment National conservatism ,
nationalism ,
populism ,
economic liberalism
Colours) Red, blue, white
( Serbian tricolor )
Parliament seats
Number of members 300,000 (as of 2011)
International connections International Democratic Union
European party European People's Party (associated)

The Serbian Progressive Party ( Serbian Српска напредна странка Srpska napredna stranka , SNS ) is a political party in Serbia that belongs to the sovereignist , right-wing conservative and nationalist spectrum. With its name it ties in with a party of the same name that existed in the Kingdom of Serbia at the turn of the 20th century . Initially, the Serbian Progressive Party cooperated internationally with right-wing populist and EU-critical forces. In the meantime, however, the SNS has joined the EPP parliamentary group in the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe , is an associate member of the EPP and a member of the International Democratic Union (IDU) and is clearly pro-European.


The party was founded by Tomislav Nikolić , former Vice President of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS). After an internal party dispute over the position of the parliamentary group on the Association Agreement between Serbia and the European Union , Nikolić voted for it in parliament, while the party chairman Vojislav Šešelj, who was accused by the ICTY , strictly rejected it, Nikolić resigned from the parliamentary group and vice-party chairmanship in September 2008 and established a new parliamentary group under the name Napred Srbijo ("Forward Serbia"). He was followed by some other SRS MPs. There was a dispute with the SRS, because they wanted to withdraw the apostate's mandates, which they refused because they saw the mandates to be bound to the person and not to the party. On September 12, 2008, Nikolić and 17 other leading party members were expelled from the SRS. On October 10, 2008, the new Serbian Progressive Party was officially registered.

In the parliamentary elections on May 6, 2012 , the list around the SNS was just ahead of the DS , while the SRS failed to make it back into parliament. Since May 20, 2012, the SNS has appointed Tomislav Nikolić as the President of Serbia . After his election as president, Tomislav Nikolić resigned as party leader. His successor was his previous deputy Aleksandar Vučić . Since July 27, 2012, the SNS has been part of a coalition government with Ivica Dačić ( SPS ) as Prime Minister and Aleksandar Vučić as Deputy Prime Minister. In April 2014, Vučić himself was elected Prime Minister.

In the winter / spring of 2012/2013, Dačić and later also Vučić conducted negotiations with the Kosovar government, organized by EU Foreign Affairs Representative Catherine Ashton , on normalizing Serbia's relationship with Kosovo. These resulted in a treaty initialed in April 2013 on the rights of Serbs in northern Kosovo . In the Serbian Parliament on April 26, 2013, the SNS expressly supported the results of the negotiations, while the SRS described the treaty as treason.

In the early parliamentary elections on April 24, 2016 , the SNS won an absolute majority in the Serbian National Assembly.

After the presidential elections in 2017 , Aleksandar Vučić moved from the office of prime minister to that of the state president, replacing his party friend Nikolić.

In the postponed parliamentary election on June 21, 2020 , the SNS again won an absolute majority in the Serbian National Assembly. However, the election was boycotted by most of the opposition parties; the turnout was below 50 percent.

Individual evidence

  2. Tomislav Nikolić positions himself in Europe - Alliance with Austria's right-wing populists? Friedrich Ebert Foundation, July 2011
  4. Nikolić oformio svoj klub , B92 , September 8, 2008
  5. NZZ Online : Serbian radicals exclude Nikolic (September 12, 2008)
  6. Serbian Parliament Approves Belgrade, Pristina deal. On:, April 27, 2013