Already in 1994, Baldwin predicted the formation of the hub-and-spokes model to describe the outcomes of economic integration across theEuropean Union (EU)implying marginalization of the new EU member states (NMS). We examine the validity of this hypothesis by putting an emphasis on Visegrad group of countries (The Visegrad four, V‑4: Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary) and investigate the impact of the European integration scheme on their export performances. To conduct the analysis, we estimate the augmented gravity model for the panel data of the exports of the EU members with the rest of the world consisting of 234 countries. We set the structural break in 2004 and employ pseudo Poisson maximum likelihood (PPML) estimatorfor panel data. Furthermore, we provide robustness checks with the use of PPML for the pooled sample. Estimation results do not favor the creation of the hub-and-spokes model, but rather demonstrate that integration within the EU was quite beneficial for V‑4 without giving the origin neither to their peripherisation nor to the loss of markets of the natural trade partners.