PHOTO: Bratislava Castle is festively lit. What event does it remind you of?

You can enjoy the unusual colors of Bratislava Castle until midnight today.

Source: TASR / Pavol Zachar

Slovakia commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the Visegrad Group (V4) by lighting up Bratislava Castle, based on the motives for founding this group. Bratislava Castle will be lit until midnight (February 15). The Department of Communication with the Media and the Public of the Office of the National Council (NR) of the Slovak Republic informed about it.

Cooperation of four countries

The creation of the Visegrad Group was conditional on efforts to support the democratic transformation and successful integration of its members into European and Euro-Atlantic structures, as well as efforts to assist in the economic transition from a planned economy to a market economy.

The Declaration on Close Cooperation was originally signed by the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, Poland and Hungary on 15 February 1991. After the division of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the establishment of the Slovak Republic in 1993, the V3 grouping changed to V4.

During the first years of its existence, the Visegrad Group established itself as a symbol of regional cooperation. Cooperation within the V4 played an important role in overcoming the foreign policy isolation of Slovakia, caused by the then Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar, who was criticized for his undemocratic style of government.

V4 cooperates in a wide range of areas, such as security, cross-border cooperation, migration crisis and currently especially in the fight against the new coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to the intensive cooperation of the Visegrad Four, close contacts are also being developed with other partners in the V4 + format or within the Slavkov format. However, there are also controversies about the justification of this informal grouping of four Central European states.

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