A vast section of Europe badly affected by Communist industrialisation is slowly beginning to heal from decades of environmental abuse, but faces new pressure in the era of globalisation. Well, that was the warning issued this weekend by a "sustainable development" conference in Prague, featuring representatives of governments, universities and non-profit groups from throughout Central Europe.
At the Czech Foreign Ministry on Monday journalists were introduced to a brand new Central European institution - the International Visegrad Fund. Named after the town in Hungary where it was established, the Visegrad Group has already been around for ten years, as a loose grouping of four Central European countries: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. But Visegrad has never really captured the public imagination, and that's one of the reasons why the new fund has now been set up. As reports, it aims to support regional cooperation
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