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The Visegrád group (also called the Visegrád 4 or V4) is an alliance of four Central European states:

Historically, the Visegrád group originated in 1335, when the Czech, the Polish and the Hungarian king held a meeting in the Hungarian city of Visegrád. The modern era V4 group originated in a summit of the heads of state or government of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland held in the city of Visegrád on February 15, 1991, to establish co-operation between these three states (which, with the division of Czechoslovakia, became four) in order to further the process of European integration. The members of the Visegrád group entered the European Union on 1 May 2004.


The Visegrád group, along with the Alpine countries, are considered to make up the states of Central Europe.


Economy

After Slovenia, the Visegrád group are the wealthiest post-Communist countries in Europe. All of them have relatively developed free market economy and moderate economic growth. The wealthiest country in the group is the Czech Republic, with a GDP PPP of US$15,700.


External links

  • Visegrád group official homepage (http://www.visegradgroup.org)

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Visegrad Group - definition of Visegrad Group in Encyclopedia (208 words)
Historically, the Visegrád group originated in 1335, when the Czech, the Polish and the Hungarian king held a meeting in the Hungarian city of Visegrád.
The modern era V4 group originated in a summit of the heads of state or government of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland held in the city of Visegrád on February 15, 1991, to establish co-operation between these three states (which, with the division of Czechoslovakia, became four) in order to further the process of European integration.
After Slovenia, the Visegrád group are the wealthiest post-Communist countries in Europe.
Policy Briefs (3682 words)
The Visegrad Declaration was signed during a meeting in the Hungarian city of Visegrad on 15 February 1991 by the presidents of Czechoslovakia and Poland, Vaclav Havel and Lech Wałęsa, as well as Hungarian Prime Minister Jozsef Antall.
Furthermore, the concept of the Visegrad Group (or Visegrad countries) has permanently entered the dictionary of politicians and publicists, evoking univocally positive connotations with a stable region, consistent reforms and a maturing democracy.
Visegrad has become a trademark and can be an example of integration to other regions, such as the culturally and geographically close Balkans.
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