However, he insisted that the government would fight proposals which it found too inflexible when detailed talks begin in earnest later this year.
Mr Dewar spoke after concluding a two-day meeting, accompanied by Margaret Beckett, the president of the board of trade, with the EU regional policy commissioner, Monika Wulf-Mathies.
He said: 'There is concern about our freedom to manoeuvre below the EU structure. We want to ensure there is the right balance. Individual EU member states should be allowed to make their own arrangements.'