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International Visegrad Fund




The International Visegrad Fund is the only institution of Visegrad cooperation. Its main purpose is to promote the development of closer cooperation among the Visegrad Group (V4) countries by supporting grant projects in the fields of common cultural, scientific and educational projects, youth exchanges, cross-border cooperation and tourism promotion, and by awarding scholarships and artist residencies.


Establishment of the Fund

The Governments of the Visegrad Group countries (the Czech Republic, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic), guided by the provisions of the Visegrad Joint Statement signed on 14 May 1999 in Bratislava, agreed to establish the International Visegrad Fund with its seat in Bratislava on 9 June 2000.

The governing bodies of the Fund are the Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Council of Ambassadors. The executive body of the Fund are Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director. The administrative body of the Fund is the Secretariat. The chairmanship rotates among V4 countries in alphabetical order. The official language of the Fund is English.

The International Visegrad Fund manages its resources according to the budget approved by the Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of V4 countries. The budget consists of two parts: project funding activities and the operational costs of the Fund's Secretariat.


Conference of Ministers

The Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, which consists of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group countries, is the supreme body of the Fund. The Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs shall determine the amounts of annual contributions and their due dates for every Member State, approves the rules of procedure of the Secretariat, and approves the budget of the Fund, those are annual statements and clearance of budget presented by the Council of Ambassadors.

The Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs designates from among its members its President. This presidency is rotating in the English alphabetical order of the names of the Member States. The Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs adopts resolutions unanimously and meets at least once a year in order to estimate the implementation of the tasks set forth in the present Statute.

For more information please visit the websites of the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs or the website of the Fund:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic


Council of Ambassadors

The Council of Ambassadors consists of Ambassadors or Chargé d' Affaires a.i. of the Member States of the Visegrad Group accredited to the head of the State whose plenipotentiary currently holds the presidency of the Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs. The Council prepares programs for the session of the Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and reports on the implementation of the Fund's activities in the preceding year. The Council of Ambassadors drafts programs and documents for the sessions of the Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and meets at least once every six months to discuss whatever is necessary for the implementation of the objectives. The Council has to approve selected projects for financing and implementation.


Project Statistics (as of 1 January 2009):

Year
 2000
 2001
 2002
 2003
 2004
 2005

2006

2007

 2008
GRANTS (SMALL/STANDARD/STRATEGIC GRANTS)
Applications
236
469
475
639
645
712

866

996

*900
Awarded Grants
26
89
144
203
272
301

347

406

398
Approved 
(mil. EUR)

0.41

1.52

1.92

2.08

2.09

2.38


2.50


2.86


3.14
VISEGRAD SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Applications
N/A
N/A
N/A
61
100
241

182

260

*302
No. of Scholarships

N/A

N/A

N/A

27

35

80


68


171


176
Approved
(thousands EUR)

N/A

N/A

N/A


246


260


538.5


459.5


1,116.5


1,295.5

VISEGRAD ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM (VARP)
Applications
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

**29/61

*52

Awarded VARP
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
**21/24

24

Approved
(thousands EUR)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

**94.5/
/108


108

VISEGRAD UNIVERSITY STUDIES GRANTS (VUSG)
Applications
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

33

Awarded VUSG
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

12

Approved
(thousands EUR)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

285

* Since the launch of the on-line application system during 2008, total number of applications cannot be compared with the past rounds since from 2008 incomplete or error applications are not considered.

** January 2007/September 2007 deadline (there were two deadlines in 2007; as of 2008, the deadlines are annually set for 10 September)
 
Breakdown of Small and Standard Grants by Categories (as of 1 January 2009):

Round/
Category

CULT

CROS

SCIE

EDUC

YOUN

TOUR

Total

2000

11

6

3

3

3

-

23

2001

36

22

16

8

7

-

89

2002

47

22

32

22

21

-

144

2003

107

11

28

24

33

-

230

2004

163

19

42

24

24

-

272

2005

132

19

47

31

39

3

301

2006

161

19

71

43

36

12

343

2007

206

16

69

62

36

14

403

2008

197

18

82

53

36

5

391

Total

1,090

152

390

270

235

34

2,172

Total in %

50.18

7.00

17.96

12.43

10.82

1.57

100

Abbreviations:
  CULT cultural cooperation
CROS cross-border cooperation
SCIE scientific exchange and research
EDUC education
YOUN youth exchanges
TOUR promotion of tourism
 


Download:

 Annual Report 2007 [.pdf]
 Annual Report 2006 [.pdf]
 Annual Report 2005 [.pdf]
 Annual Report 2004 [.pdf]


Logos:

   IVF logotypes (.zip; 1.5MB)



Contact:

International Visegrad Fund
Kráľovské údolie 8
SK-81102 Bratislava
Slovak Republic

Tel.: +421 259 203 811
Fax: +421 259 203 805

www.visegradfund.org

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