The Dutch government publishes a “subsidiarity review” – an assessment of the policy areas in which it believes the EU should and should not be involved.
The policy document sets out nine broad principles and 54 specific recommendations. The guiding principle is described as “European where necessary, national where possible”, and calls for a “European Union that is a more modest, more sober and at the same time more effective.”
The nine general principles include:
The document calls for a significant scaling back of EU powers and notes that the Dutch EU Presidency in the first half of 2016 “could play a role in promoting such an agenda”.