From 1991, the Czech Republic, originally as part of Czechoslovakia and since 1993 in its own right, has been a member of the Visegrád Group and from 1995, the OECD. The Czech Republic joined NATO on 12 March 1999 and the European Union on 1 May 2004. On 21 December 2007 the Czech Republic joined the Schengen Area.
Czech may refer to: . Anything from or related to the Czech Republic, a country in Europe; Czech language; Czechs, the people of the area; Czech culture; Czech cuisine; One of three mythical brothers, Lech, Czech, and Rus