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Second generation Visegrad
Second generation Visegrad

Author(s): Tomáš Strážay
Subject(s): Politics, International relations/trade, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)
Keywords: 2010; V4; 20 years of Visegrad; Hungarian and Slovak presidency;
Summary/Abstract: Slovakia has always considered the Visegrad Group to be an important instrument in deepening cooperation within the region as well as in the realization of its own general and foreign policy priorities. In this context, 2010 can be seen as exceptional. Not only because Slovakia took over its third V4 Presidency in the first half of 2010, but also because of two important anniversaries which led politicians and analysts to a more thorough assessment of the achieved successes and failures and further talks on the future V4 existence. 2010 marked the last year of the V4’s second decade. As of 2011, the V4 can symbolically be referred to as second generation Visegrad. In reference to the two aforementioned anniversaries – the 10th anniversary of the International Visegrad Fund establishment and the 20th anniversary of the Visegrad Group creation – the text is subdivided into two parts. The first one focuses on key long-term factors characterizing Visegrad cooperation. It offers a concise assessment of the current state of cooperation – accenting mostly positive moments having anniversaries in mind. The second one focuses on V4 priorities in 2010. Special attention is paid to the preparation and implementation of Slovakia’s V4 Presidency. Due to the nature of the publication, whose primary goal is to analyze the given year – in this case 2010 – the analysis is limited to the period of January 2010–March 2011.

  • Page Range: 111-123
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • Language: English