The Speakers of the Visegrad Four countries (V4) – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia - decided to intensify cooperation among their parliaments in 2008.
In terms of the iniciative of the Hungarian Parliament, directors of the Parliamentary Libraries and Research Services of the respective parliaments accepted the plan, entered the Declaration on Institutional Cooperation and came up with the idea of the Visegrad Digital Parliamentary Library in December 2008 among others.
The project continues the tradition of the Joint Czech and Slovak Digital Parliamentary Library which started in 2002, which is considered an exceptional achievement in the development of the information society in both countries.
The joint editorial board of the project was created in Prague in October 2009.
The Austrian Parliamentary Library joined the project during the meeting of the editorial board in Budapest in March 2010. As a consequence of the accession of the Austrian Parliamentary Library to the project the editorial board agreed to continue cooperation in the broader form of the so-called Visegrad Digital Parliamentary Library Plus.
In the meeting of the editorial board and the representatives of Parliamentary Libraries and Research Services in September 2010 in Bratislava, the proposed layout of the common portal of the Visegrad Digital Parliamentary Library Plus was reviewed and approved for implementation. At the same time members of the editorial board decided to register the Visegrad Digital Parliamentary Library Plus internet domain, to pay the registration fee and to launch the working (pilot) version of the project on the Czech server by the 31 December 2010.
The main tasks of the effort is to provide fast and easy access to current and past activities of the legislators of the respective countries in the wider European context, to increase the prestige of the parliaments by making their activities more transparent without any comments of the media, to preserve the historical documents for further generations and protect them against destruction and loss.