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ZEI Discussion Paper C 240/2017

Tapio Raunio / Matti Wiberg: The Impact of the European Union on National Legislation

ZEI Discussion Paper C 240/2017

One of the key arguments of the ‘leave’ side in the Brexit referendum of June 2016 was that 60 % or even 75 % of British legislation originated in Brussels, not in London. Examining the impact of European Union on national legislation in Finland, we show that contrary to the widely accepted ‘Delors myth’, only 17.8 % on national laws adopted between 1995 and 2015 were related to the EU. Evidence from other European countries corroborates our findings: the share of domestic laws with an EU impulse is higher in some countries but never even close to the 80 % threshold suggested by the Delors myth.

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