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EU COUNTRIES’ CHANCE TO LEAD ON WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION

Author: Transparency International, Published on: 7 October 2019

Today’s formal adoption of the EU Whistleblowing Directive creates a two-year window of opportunity for EU Member States to take the global lead on protecting whistleblowers as they transpose the directive into national law, Transparency International said today.

Transparency International today published analysis and recommendations to help Member States pass best-practice national laws that will effectively protect whistleblowers and support anti-corruption efforts in their country. Included are recommendations that national legislation should cover every possible whistleblowing situation and ensure that all whistleblowers are protected, including when they report on matters related to defence, security and classified information...

Whistleblowing Programme Coordinator at Transparency International, said: “The EU Directive goes commendably far [...] but it is by nature limited to breaches of EU law in some areas. Member State governments should make sure their legislation fully protects whistleblowers who report on all breaches of law...”

Transparency International also advises EU countries to strengthen the protection of whistleblowers in legal proceedings and to create national whistleblowing authorities responsible for the oversight and enforcement of whistleblowing legislation, and for collecting and publishing data on the functioning of the law....

Transparency International will monitor the transposition of the EU Whistleblowing Directive...

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