FAOLEX Database

Framework Law

The main law applicable to water resources management, which covers all of the following areas: administration; management, conservation and use of freshwater resources; water rights; waterworks; water supply
Date of original text: 07 May 2010 (2018)

Constitutional provisions

Date of text: 30 November 2006

Right to water: No Right to Water related provisions.

Natural resources: Natural resources-State assets-article 87: Natural resources, goods which are stipulated by the Law as goods of public interest and assets used by the bodies of the Republic of Serbia shall be the state assets. Natural resources shall be utilized under the terms and in a manner stipulated by the Law. Foreigners may obtain a concession right for natural resources and goods, as well as other rights stipulated by the Law (Art. 85) Article 183: Autonomous provinces shall, in accordance with the Law, regulate the matters of provincial interest in agriculture, water economy, forestry, hunting, fishery.


Water used for irrigation, forestry and aquaculture

Water Supply and Sanitation

Provision of water services by public utilities or commercial organizations; water supply for domestic, industrial or other purposes; right to safe and clean drinking water and basic sanitation; quality of piped water; sewerage
Date of text: 07 December 2018
Date of text: 16 December 2016


The political, social, economic and administrative systems that govern water management and conservation; good practices; good governance; decentralization; water user’s associations


Waterworks; water supply systems; dams; hydropower systems; irrigation systems
Date of text: 07 December 2018

Water Resources Management and Water Rights

Ownership and control of water resources; abstraction and diversion of water; allocation and quotas; riparian rights; priority of rights; free water use
Date of text: 07 December 2018
Date of text: 16 December 2016

Water and Environment

Water Quality and Pollution Control

Control of pollution and quality of freshwater bodies and groundwater; agricultural point and non-point sources of pollution; water quality standards


Freshwater resources located below the surface of the earth; aquifers; groundwater abstraction; well-sinking; boreholes; hydrogeology
Date of text: 17 September 1998

Disaster Resilience

Water-related hazards; flood; drought; water shortage; adaptation to climate change; early warning system/emergency intervention system
Date of text: 17 September 2021

Transboundary Waters

Transboundary effects; international basin institutions; international agreements; transboundary coordination; transboundary aquifers