Below you can find the links to the some of the most important portals, think-tanks and webpages dedicated to the Visegrad region.
The Visegrad Group (also known as the “Visegrad Four” or simply “V4″) reflects the efforts of the countries of the Central European region to work together in a number of fields of common interest within the all-European integration. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have always been part of a single civilization sharing cultural and intellectual values and common roots in diverse religious traditions, which they wish to preserve and further strengthen.
The purpose of the fund is to facilitate and promote the development of closer cooperation among citizens and institutions in the region as well as between the V4 region and other countries, especially the Western Balkans and countries of the Eastern Partnership. The fund does so through grant support of common cultural, scientific and educational projects, youth exchanges, cross-border projects and tourism promotion, and through individual mobility programs (scholarships, residencies).
The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is a macro-regional strategy adopted by the European Commission in December 2010 and endorsed by the European Council in 2011. The Strategy was jointly developed by the Commission, together with the Danube Region countries and stakeholders, in order to address common challenges together. The Strategy seeks to create synergies and coordination between existing policies and initiatives taking place across the Danube Region.
The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is the first macro-regional strategy in Europe. It aims at reinforcing cooperation within this large region in order to face several challenges by working together as well as promoting a more balanced development in the area. The Strategy also contributes to major EU policies and reinforces the integration within the area.
Central European University is a graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.
CEITEC is a scientific centre in the fields of life sciences, advanced materials and technologies whose aim is to establish itself as a recognized centre for basic as well as applied research. CEITEC offers a state-of-the-art infrastructure and great conditions to employ excellent researchers.
The Central European Institute (CEI) builds bridges between the United States and the nations of Central Europe by fostering relationships in three main areas: academic, business and culture. Within the university the CEI is an umbrella organization under which country-specific endowed chairs are established to develop relations between the United States and their respective countries. The first chair is the István Széchenyi Chair in International Economics, established in 2008 to oversee relations with Hungary. The second chair is the Novak Family Polish Chair, established in 2014 to oversee relations with Poland.
The CEED Institute is a think-tank whose aim is to promote the achievements and economic potential the CEE countries. Our ambition is to support business initiatives, as well as debates on indispensable reforms in the region, including measures to boost sustainable growth and innovative capacities. The objective of the CEED Institute is the dissemination of ideas and projects on how best to improve efficiency and competitiveness of the CEE region.
In 1995, only two years after the advent of the “Europe and the Balkans International Network” (EBIN), a number of newly-connected scholars from all over the world worked together to found IECOB, l’Istituto per l’Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica (the Institute for Central Eastern and Balkan Europe). In December 1995, the organisation was granted full non-profit status in Bologna, Italy. IECOB has since received strong support from the University of Bologna, the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Region of Emilia-Romagna, and the City Councils of Forlì, Cervia and Bologna, as well as from the main banking foundations of Emilia-Romagna.
The Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) is a regional think-tank based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Its main objective is to help decision-makers and opinion-makers in Central Europe – and in V4 countries in particular – to craft common responses to current challenges and strengthen their voice in EU and NATO debates.
Our aim is to stimulate discussion on how Visegrad countries can best adapt to fast-paced changes in the global economy and European integration processes.
Visegrad Insight is a new analysis and opinion journal led by accomplished editors from the Visegrad Group countries.