Counting the Cost of EU Regulation to Business

T Ambler, F Chittenden, A Bashir

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Many were under the impression that joining the EU meant being part of a wider single market: competition would open up and the benefits of scale would create more efficient businesses, lower prices for consumers and stronger national economies. To some extent that has proved true but so has the opposite. EU world competitiveness has weakened, whilst prices have reduced due to imports from outside the EU, internal barriers to trade, notably services, still limit the single market and business has been fettered by regulation at both national and EU levels.This paper focuses on just one part of that: the burden placed, over the last 10 years, on EU business by EU legislation . This is in addition to the national regulation by each member state and the EU legislation before 1998.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrussels
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - May 2009


  • Regulation, Impact Assessment, Comptetiveness


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