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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.

Economy

Apart from Slovenia, the Visegrád group are the wealthiest post-Communist countries in Europe. All of them have relatively developed free market economies and have enjoyed moderate economic growth.

External links concerning these countries and the EU

cs:Visegrádská skupina de:Visegrád-Gruppe es:Grupo Visegrád fr:Groupe de Visegrád pl:Grupa Wyszehradzka

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