During the Libertas Campaign against the Lisbon Treaty and probably during the Euro-Elections we will hear the statistic that “Unelected Brussels bureaucrats make up to 80% of laws”. This claim was echoed by Marine Le Pen of the French Le Front Nationale who said on BFM TV
« 80% des lois qui sont appliquées et qui sont votées par les députés sont en réalité seulement enregistrées parce que ce sont des directives européennes » (80% of the laws which are applied and which are voted by the deputies are actually only recorded because they are European directives)
Generation Yes recently undertook some research to look at that claim in relation to Ireland. They say it is “completely false” to say that. They analsyed Acts and Statutory Instruments from 1992 to 2009 to test the claim. These are their results.
Of the 588 Acts, 114 contain at least one reference to European legislation (19.39%). Of the 10,725 Statutory Instruments, 3,050 contain at least one reference to European legislation (28.44%). Of the total of Irish legislation from 1992 to 2009, then, only 3,164 out of 11,313 Acts and Instruments contain any reference whatsoever to European legislation – 27.97%.
Looked at year by year, it can be seen that in no year does the amount of Irish legislation in any sense ‘containing traces of EU’ rise as far as 50%.
For the full research see their Fight the Lies page. I would assume it would be a similar figure for France.
As usual the eurosceptics stoop to misinformation to try and confuse the electorate.