About the V4 history
The Declaration of Close Cooperation among the initially three countries of the Central Europe dates back to 15 February 1991. The Declaration was signed by the Hungarian President József Antalla, the Czechoslovak President Václav Havel and the Polish President Lech Walesa. As a result of the following historical events, the Soviet Union collapsed, and the regional Communist rule finally ended. From that moment on, the aim of the Visegrad Group has been to help the countries in their transformation from totality to democracy. After the split of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic in 1992, two separate states were established and the Visegrad Group has expanded. Consequently, the Visegrad Four (V4) has been created.
The purpose, powers and compass of the V4 have been extended particularly after admission to the NATO and among the EU Member States. The aim of the Group is to strengthen mutual trust and solidarity among the individual states of Europe, as well on the international level. The presiding country always makes efforts so that the principal themes are discussed at the meetings, with a practical impact on the outcome as well.