Hungarian foreign policy made a new direction with a new goal in 2010, to diversificate the foreign and external relations. 2013, as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed, is the year of Central Europe, on the grounds of the fact, that Hungary serves the presidency of Central European Initiative from 1st January and the Visegrad Group from 1st July.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the main focus of the presidential year will be to eliminate the possible obstacles to Central European cooperation, representing the region’s common goal within the European Union and to further the Central European participation of countries outside Europe. The Ministry emphasized the importance of enhancing the international organizations’ transparency, as well as aiding economic development and facilitating mobility.

This above mentioned dual presidency can help Hungary stress its priorities within the region and increase V4 participation in the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe, facilitating integration.

It is also announced that approximately 25 events will take place under the aegis of the CEI, some also relating to the V4 cooperation. The events will also be linked to others, such as the Slovakian Kosice being one of the 2013 European Capitals of Culture, or the Hungarian-Italian Cultural Season.

The cooperation including the Visegrad and the CEI member states is highly important for each and every participant. One of the most important programs of the Central European year is developing the regional relations, the common development of infrastructure, transport, furthermore social inclusion, and the strengthening integration and social acceptance. The future close cooperation gives an excellent opportunity to achieve a common, stronger presence in Brussels.

The potential of growth and economy can make Central Europe a successful region, to be a motor of the renewal European development after the crisis. To divert the attention of the countries and regions to ourselves, all the cooperating countries must work together to make their region attractive. Global opening can be truly affective when all these countries move in on direction. Finding the common cultural, social and economic roots makes it easier within the confines of Central European Year.