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The Netherlands: from Principles to Pragmatism

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The 1990s were the decade of pragmatism in Dutch EU policies. This chapter gives an outline of the Dutch approach to the IGC2000, as regards both internal organization, international orientation, and tactics for agenda-setting. Then, it discusses in more detail the Dutch preferences for the principal points on the IGC-agenda, followed by an impression of the endgame in Nice itself. The size and composition of the Commission, the re-weighting of votes, and the extension of qualified majority voting (QMV), the so-called institutional 'leftovers' of Amsterdam were part of the agenda for the IGC 2000. During the IGC negotiations, two options came up to reform the size of the Commission: a Commission made up of one national from each member state, or a Commission composed of fewer member states than the future number of member states.

Keywords: Amsterdam Treaty; Dutch pragmatism; European Union; IGC negotiation; IGC2000; post-Nice agenda; qualified majorityvoting (QMV)



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