Petar Lastić

He completed Serbo-Croat High School in Budapest (1979). He graduated from the ELTE University in Budapest by earning the title of physicist in 1985. He was one of the founders of the first independent organization of the Serbs in Hungary – Serbian Democratic Alliance (SDS – Srpski demokratski savez) in 1990, where he served as the President and acting President in the period 1990-1998. He was one of the founders and secretary of the Round table on ethnic minorities in Hungary (1991-1995). He was founder and President of the Self-government of the Serbs in Hungary in the period 1995-2003 (SSM – Samouprava Srba u Mađarskoj), an umbrella organization of the Serbian cultural autonomy with public authority. He was founder and President of Serbian Forum (2005), an organization providing the highest number of members in the SSM assembly. He has been teaching physics in Serbian high school “Nikola Tesla” in Budapest since 2008. Since 2009, he has been Director of the Serbian Institute of SSM, an institution responsible for scientific research of the past and contemporary society of the Serbs in Hungary. He was also the initiator of numerous multi-ethnic manifestations and institutions in Hungary after 1990. (St. Sava’s Academy, Migrations Day, Vidovdan in Budapest and Szentendre, Serbian summer international art colony in Szentendre, ARCUSFEST – theatre festival of ethnic minorities in Hungary, “Rhythm” radio, etc.) He has been an editor and author in many Serbian and bilingual publications dealing with the cultural history of the Serbs in Hungary.

He was a member of the Council of the State Fund for minorities (1995-2007), the Council of the Hungarian public radio broadcast (2006‒2009), Minority council of the Institute for Hungarian Culture (2005‒2011), work group of Hungarian government for Amendments in Law on Minorities (2007‒2010). He has also been a member of work group of Hungarian Ministry of Justice for NGOs (2015‒). In 1995, he was awarded a recognition “For Ethnic Minorities” from Hungarian government for being part of the team that participated on passing the Law on Rights of National and Ethnic Minorities in Hungary) and “Vuk Karadžić” medal from the government of Serbia and Montenegro (2004).