The Netherlands acted as President of the EU for the first half of 1997. An amendment to the Leghold Trap Regulation was one of the issues on the rolling programme inherited from the previous Presidency. As the Netherlands was, at that time, the only EU Member State to have implemented the Leghold Trap Regulation, this issue was considered a particularly sensitive one for the Presidency. How it was dealt with during the Dutch Presidency is the topic of this article.
It is argued that by making use of the powers granted to the EU Presidency, as well as by close co-ordination with the European Commission, the Netherlands was able to deal with the leghold trap issue in a way which satisfied national goals and needs, both from a Member State's perspective and as President.European Energy and Environmental Law Review