In 2021 our region was celebrating a symbolic anniversary: 30 years ago, on 15th February 1991, the Visegrad Group was established, which not only helped the successful transatlantic integration of the region, but also became the basis of joint, regional cooperation and an internationally known brand. The V4 countries currently make up the 5th largest economy in Europe combined and the 12th largest economy in the world. Some decision-makers already refer to the Visegrad Group as Europe's new economic engine, which could reach 80% of the EU-15 group's income level by 2030. Despite periodic setbacks in the history of the V4, the collaboration has not only successfully achieved its key objectives, but has since been able to continually expand both its role and its geopolitical relevance. “30 years of the V4” – the latest issue of Danube Institute, examines the various aspects of the cooperation over the past decades, as well as the future prospects of the V4.
9.00-9. 30 Welcoming speeches
09:30-10:15 Panel 1: Introduction of Danube Institute V4 book. Discussion with authors.
Moderator: István Kiss, Executive Director of Danube Institute
10:15-10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 11:45 Panel 2: Thirty years of the V4. (The past)
Moderator: Nikolett Garai, Research Fellow at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT)
11:45-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-13:15 Panel 3: The future of the V4. (The future)
Moderator: Anton Bendarzsevszkij, Director of research at Danube Institute