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Poland Leads Visegrad Group
July 30, 2008   
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Poland assumed the rotating, one-year presidency of the Visegrad Group July 1. The motto of the Polish presidency is "Solidarity in the Region-Together for Democracy."

According to the Polish foreign ministry, Poland wants the Visegrad Group to become an increasingly recognizable symbol of the region in both the European Union and elsewhere. "One outstanding achievement of the states making up the group is that they have successfully completed the transformation of their political systems," reads a statement issued by the foreign ministry. "The invaluable value of this is the capital on which the Visegrad Group will draw, creating a vision of an active European Neighborhood Policy, particularly in the form of the Eastern Partnership and in supporting the EU aspirations of the Western Balkans."

The Visegrad Triangle is an informal term that was used from 1991 with respect to three Central European countries: Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary. After Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993, the Visegrad Triangle became the Visegrad Group and it today comprises Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The group's main objective in the first decade of its existence was working together to join the European Union and NATO. Today the Visegrad Group focuses on issues such as further enlargement of the EU and NATO, easing visa policies toward citizens of non-EU countries, especially those from the former Soviet Union, and on facilitating closer business ties.
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