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Flag of Erdut - Image by Željko Heimer, 4 June 2013
The municipality of Erdut (8,417 inhabitants in 2001, 964 in the village of Erdut) is located some 30 km east of Osijek. The municipality encompasses the Dilj mountain, a low hill around which the Danube (being the eastern border of the municipality) makes a large curve and where Drava flowes into it, forming the northern border of the municipality. The four settlements in the municipality are also situated in the lowlands around the hill at the four cardinal points: Erdut in the east, Aljmaš in the north, Dalj in the south and Bijelo Brdo in the west.
The Erdut Agreement, signed on 12 November 1995, arranged the peaceful reintegration of the Serb-held Eastern Slavonia region tpo Croatia. In July 1991 all the Croatian population left the area under the pressure of the Yugoslav Army and the region was held by rebel Serbs until the reintegration. After the Erdut Agreement, the refugees gradually returned to their homes, the UN Transitional Administration in Eastern Slavonia (UNTAES) was established as the authority to perform the transition, completed in January 1998. The municipality of Erdut still has a slight majority of Serb population (almost 54% according to 2001 census) and also a Hungarian minority (just above 5%). Therefore there beside the flag of Croatia and of the municipality, the flags of the two ethnic groups are also used officially.
Željko Heimer, 6 July 2006
The symbols of Erdut are prescribed by Decision Odluka o grbu i zastavi općine Erdut, adopted on 22 November 2001 by the Municipality Assembly and published in the Municipality official gazette Službeni glasnik općine Erdut.
The Decision was amended by Odluka o uporabi grba, zastave i imena općine Erdut, adopted on 21 May 2002 by the Municipality Assembly and published in Službeni glasnik općine Erdut.
The symbols were designed by the Heraldic Art d.o.o. company from Rijeka.
The flag is in proportions 1:2, yellow with the coat of arms in the middle.
Željko Heimer & Tomislav Šipek, 25 April 2013
Coat of arms of Erdut - Image by Željko Heimer, 4 June 2013
The coat of arms is "Vert a fess argent from which protrudes a pall towards base and in chief a wine barrel or".
The barrel represents the famous wine cellars of Erdut and, more specifically, a barrel of 75,000 liters famed to be the largest wine barrel in use in the world. The tau cross symbolizes the flow of river Drava into the Danube.
Željko Heimer, 11 July 2006
Ceremonial flag of Erdut - Image by Željko Heimer, 4 June 2013
The ceremonial flag is a yellow gonfalon with three tails triangularly ending with tassels and with the coat of arms in the middle. Above the coat of arms is in green letters inscribed the name of the municipality while below the coat of arms are the same inscriptions in Serb and Magyar languages, which are official in the municipality. In the outer tails are ornaments of green grapevine branches with golden bunches of grapes and in the middle is an ornament of corn ears forming the wattle.
Željko Heimer, 11 July 2006