Summary Variation in the European Union (R99)

In order to bring together 30 very different European states and their citizens where necessary, the EU will have to offer more scope for variation. This is the point that the WRR is emphasising in this report. By variation, the WRR means:

  • accepting that not all tasks for which governments are responsible need to be based on the same relationship between European, national and regional or local policy;
  • recognising the value of having different patterns of cooperation between the EU Member States.