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Fireworks over the Danube celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the Visegrád Group

Sunday, February 11, 2018


Fireworks over the Danube at Várkert Bazaar in Budapest as part of the anniversary celebration of the founding of the Visegrád Group (V4). February 11, 2018. Photo: Zoltán Balogh / MTI

The Visegrád Group, Visegrád Four, or V4 is a cultural and political alliance of four Central European nations – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, that are members of the European Union (EU) – for the purposes of advancing military, cultural, economic and energy cooperation with one another along with furthering their integration in the EU.[1]

The Group traces its origins to the summit meetings of leaders from Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland held in the Hungarian castle-town of Visegrád[2] on 15 February 1991. After the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, the Czech Republic and Slovakia became independent members of the group, thus increasing the number of members from three to four. All four members of the Visegrád Group joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. - Wikipedia

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