HUGO GROTIUS (Huig de Groot), a modern természetjogi felfogás és a modern politikai irodalom egyik megteremtője, aki a természet-jogon alapuló nemzetközi jog alapjait fektette le.
There is a proverb in many languages that if a living person is reported to be dead he or she is likely to have a long life. Well, the political cooperation of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, the “Visegrad-4”, was reported to have come to an end several times in its twenty year old history; based on that I hope its prospects are quite promising. To paraphrase the 19th century Czech leader, F. Palacky, if “Visegrad” did not exist, it would be necessary to invent it.
Much has been written about conflicts and their roots. The Visegrad cooperation deserves recognition as the regional cooperative mechanism that replaced rivalry and conflict with cooperation. This close political and economic cooperation of four Central European countries was a cornerstone for stability after the end of the Cold War, it has remained so, and is a model to be emulated.
Set up on February 15, 1991 by Presidents Walesa and Havel and Prime Minister Antall, the goal of the cooperative mechanism named after the venue where the Polish, the Bohemian (that is Czech) and the Hungarian king met in 1335, was to help and speed up the transition of those countries from the Soviet orbit to the Euro-Atlantic structures, monitoring each other, learning from each others, coordinating foreign policy in all directions.