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Čepin, Croatia

Osijek-Baranja County

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[Municipality flag] image by Željko Heimer, 7 November 2009

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Presentation of Čepin

The municipality of Čepin (11,599 inhabitants in 2011, 9,502 in the town of Čepin) is located 10 km south-west of Osijek, actually being a suburbs of the town
Since 1258, it has been the seat of the lands of the Adamović Čepinski family (Adamovich de Csepin). The municipality is among the biggest producers of sunflower, maize and corn, and has a large (food) oil factory.

Željko Heimer, 25 August 2008

Flag of Čepin

The symbols of Čepin, adopted in 2008 by the Municipality Assembly and approved by the Central State Office for Administration on 7 April 2009, are described in the Municipality Statutes Statut Općine Čepin, published in 2009 in the Municipality official gazette Službeni glasnik Općine Čepin, No. 1. This is repeated in the consolidated Statutes Statut Općine Čepin (pročišćeni tekst), adopted on 23 August 2013 and published on 26 August 2013 in Službeni glasnik Općine Čepin, No. 5 (text).

Graphical work was ordered from the Holeš d.o.o. printing house and graphical studio in Čepin.

The flag is described in Article 6 of the Statutes as follows:

The flag of the Municipality of Čepin is of a single, light blue colour ([Pantone] 2195 C), in 2:1 size, in accordance with the heraldic and legal rules (200 x 100 cm in natural size).
In the centre of the flag at the crossing point of the diagonals, perpendicularly to its width, is laid the coat of arms edged with a golden-yellow line - border (height 60.00 [cm] x width 49.00 [cm] in the natural size).

Željko Heimer, 20 November 2013

Coat of arms of Čepin

[Municipality coat of arms] image by Željko Heimer, 7 November 2009

The coat of arms is described in Article 5 of the Statutes as follows:

he coat of arms of the Municipality of Čepin has the triangular shape of a shield pointed in its bottom part.
The height of the shield is 57.80 mm, and its width is 47.10 mm. The colour of the shield is blue ([Pantone] 2925 C).
In the centre of the shield is a stylized sunflower coloured golden-yellow (108C). In the centre of the sunflower is a circle of 22.80 mm in diameter, in which is a rectangular mech of lines that regularly widen downwards and that symbolize the seeds.
The size of the 16 petals is determined using an imagined circle of 32.30 mm in diameter. In the bottom of the shield is a laid down Moon, coloured silver-white. The shield and all stylized elements are outlined with lines of black colour (Black C).

The sunflower symbolizes sunflower production and sunflower oil, the main product of the municipality. The crescent and the blue background of the coat of arms are derived from the family arms of the Adamović family, "Azure a lion or rampant sinister standing on a crescent argent and propping of a column of the same issuant from the crescent and in chief sinister a mullet or".

Željko Heimer, 25 August 2008

Ceremonial flag of Čepin

[Flag] image by Željko Heimer, 10 April 2023

The ceremonial flag is a light blue gonfalon ending triangularly with the coat of arms bordered yellow in its centre, topped with the name of the municipality in an arch and a line above and with two oak branches below the coat of arms, fringed golden along the bottom.

Željko Heimer, 7 November 2009

Proposed symbols of Čepin

[Municipality flag]         [Municipality coat of arms] images by Željko Heimer, 25 August 2008

The municipality decided to adopt symbols in preparation for the celebration of the 750th anniversary of the first written mention of the place in documents (unofficial website). Therefore the municipality decided on 4 December 2007 to engage into adopting the symbols, commissioning Vinko Ivić, a history and pedagogy teacher from Osijek. They obtained the confirmation from the State Archives that there was no coat of arms/seal of Čepin in history, and Pr. Ivić worked with an unnamed academic painter and art history professor from Osijek on the graphical design.
The first proposed design of the arms was slightly modified, replacing the complex green seeds of the sunflower by a heraldically more pleasing, simpler yellow sunflower.

Željko Heimer & Ivan Grbac, 7 November 2009