|Founded||5 March 1997|
|Headquarters||Trg drvena pijaca 28, Vukovar, Croatia|
|Ideology||Serb minority politics|
|Political position||Centre to centre-left|
|European Parliament group||Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats|
The Independent Democratic Serb Party (Serbo-Croatian: Samostalna demokratska srpska stranka, ? ?), known as SDSS, is a social democratic, socially liberal and pro-european political party representing the Serb minority in Republic of Croatia.
It was formed in 1997 led by Vojislav Stanimirovi?. In the 2003 Croatian parliamentary election, it beat its main rival, the Serb People's Party (SNS), taking all three seats reserved for Serb representatives in the Croatian parliament.
After the elections, the Independent Democratic Serb Party made an agreement with the winning Croatian Democratic Union led by Ivo Sanader in which they agreed on fulfilling several Independent Democratic Serb Party demands such as refugee return, strengthening of national equality, judicial reform and cooperation with neighbouring countries. In the 2007 Croatian parliamentary election, they retained their three seats in the Parliament of Croatia.
In the Cabinet of Ivo Sanader II, their member Slobodan Uzelac received the position of vice-president of government. In the 2011 Croatian parliamentary election, they again won all three seats for Serb minority lists in the Parliament.
In the 2015 and 2016 Croatian parliamentary elections, the SDSS also held all of 3 Serb national minority seats in the Croatian Parliament, continuing to support the HDZ-led government of Croatia.
The party participated in 2019 European Parliament election in Croatia, winning 2.66% of votes. After the 2020 parliamentary election, SDSS member Boris Milo?evi? received the position of Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia, in charge of social affairs and human and minority rights, within the Second Cabinet of Andrej Plenkovi?, representing national minorities in Croatia.
|Year||% of popular vote||Overall seats won||District XII||District XII
For the 2014 European Parliament election, the Independent Democratic Serb Party joined the centre-left SDP-led Kukuriku coalition. The coalition eventually won 4 out of 11 Croatian seats in European Parliament, with SDSS received no seat.
In 2019 the Independent Democratic Serb Party ran independently for the first time in a European Parliament election. Although there were speculations that the SDSS might leave the ruling coalition with HDZ, its leader Milorad Pupovac confirmed that the SDSS will remain a part it, following a meeting with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovi?. Campaign was marked by SDSS jumbo posters with inscription "Do you know how it is to be a Serb in Croatia?" in which a word Serb was written in Serbian Cyrillic.University of Zagreb professor Dejan Jovi? was second on the list, just behind party leader Milorad Pupovac. As it was expected by campaign leaders jumbo posters were target of widespread nationalist vandalism and destruction which underlined the issue of ethnic intolerance and discrimination.
|No.||President||Birth-Death||Term start||Term end|
|1||Vojislav Stanimirovi?||1953-||5 March 1997||2 July 2017|
|2||Milorad Pupovac||1955-||2 July 2017||Incumbent|
The SDSS is a democratic party of liberal and social democratic orientation, but in the present circumstances, it is also a Serb national party. Political goals: