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The Czech Presidency of the Visegrad Group

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The Czech Presidency of the Visegrad Group July 2011 - June 2012

Programme of the Czech Presidency of the Visegrad Group 2011-2012

 The Czech Presidency of the Visegrad Group 2011-2012 starts in a year in which we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the launch of Visegrad cooperation and at a moment when Hungary is passing on the Presidency of the Council of the European Union to Poland. We view this as the symbolic realization of the vision held by the Visegrad countries to make a contribution to the formation of a united Europe, which was the motivation for the creation of the Visegrad Group 20 years ago, and as an exceptional opportunity for an even greater interaction and better efficiency of Visegrad activities, a chance to raise the profile of the region within Europe and the wider international community, and a prospect of strengthening the internal cohesion of Central Europe.

The Czech Presidency will constantly tap into the vision that the cooperation among the V4 countries should be guided towards a Visegrad:

-        Respected and competitive as a community of countries acting as a reliable, innovative and effective partner not only within European and Euro-Atlantic structures, but also in relation to third countries, other regional groupings and international organizations;

-        Which is concrete and practical, not just in its pursuit of foreign policy goals, but especially in relation to the actual needs of our countries’ citizens;

-        Outreaching and inclusive,where citizens’ cooperation is based on the involvement of NGOs and their common projects are to be supported from the International Visegrad Fund;

-        Visible and understandable inside and outside the region, an objective best achieved by actively and consistently striving towards the three above mentioned aims.

For further details visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic here.