This year, the Central European region is celebrating a symbolic anniversary: 30 years ago, in February 1991 the Visegrad Group was established, which not only promoted the successful transatlantic integration of the region, but also became the basis for joint, regional cooperation and an internationally known brand. The countries of the Visegrad Group altogether have the 5th largest economy in Europe, and the 12th largest in the world , and experts are beginning to call the region the new economic motor of the European Union. With their third largest population in the EU after Germany and France, the V4 has a great potential to grow. The V4 was founded on the common conviction that regional cooperation could make the joint efforts of the Central European countries on the road to Euro-Atlantic integration more effective and efficient. However, the formation did not become empty even after the successful achievement of European integration, and it was able to increase its own regional role and international political weight even without tightly binding treaties, a common budget or a robust institutional system.

We have built the V4/30 platform to commemorate the anniversary of the Visegrad Group, to look back at the past 30 years, and provide an international platform for analyses on the topic of the V4 for experts, decision makers and colleagues at the academic sphere.

We welcome any partnership and contribution to the topic of the Visegrad Group, let it be in the field of international relations, geopolitics, economy, sociology, energy policy, security policy or any related fields. Please address your interest on anton.b [at] danubeinstitute.hu.