MEPs protest in favour of Whistleblower protection outside the European Commission in Brussels, 5th December 2017

Whistleblowing

Now is the time for EU-wide whistleblower protection

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June 2017
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Whitsleblowers like Antoine DeltourZuzana Hlávková  and Andrea Franzoso have all faced great personal and professional ramifications by exposing corruption and wrong doing in the public interest.

Whistleblower protection legislation remains the exception rather than the rule in the EU. Most Member States do not have dedicated legislation in place, and even in the few countries where such laws do exist, they usually leave significant loopholes and fall short of good practice.

As a result, European citizens remain largely unprotected in case they take the decision to speak up, facing the risk of retaliation, judicial proceedings and dismissal. This, in turn, leaves suspected cases of fraud, corruption and other malpractice unattended – a huge potential to fight such practices is lost.

For these reasons we are advocating for the European Commission to come forward for a horizontal legislative proposal for an EU directive on whistleblower protection. The European Parliament has also echoed this call, as well as more than 81,000 citizens.

Now is the time for the EU to bring forward comprehensive legal protection for whistleblowers that which to expose the truth.

Transparency International EU along with partners hand over 81,000 signatures of citizens who demand EU-wide whistleblower protection to the European Commission on November 14th 2017.

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Transparency International’s submission to the European Commission’s consultation whistleblower protection

Transparency International and its EU chapters have submitted our recommendations to the European Commission’s public consultation on whistleblower protection.

Transparency International amendment submission to the Legal Affairs Committee

Transparency International EU Office submission to the consultation on the Ombudsman’s draft internal rules on whistle-blowing

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A Best Practice Guide for Whistleblowing Legislation

As more and more countries are seeking to adopt whistleblowing legislation, Transparency International has developed the Best Practice Guide for Whistleblowing Legislation for policy-makers and whistleblowing advocates on how to implement its International Principles for Whistleblower Legislation into national law. 

It was done in collaboration with experts from Transparency International chapters who have successfully advocated for the adoption of whistleblower protection legislation in their countries. For each principle, the current guide sets out what constitutes current good practice and why. Where possible, it provides examples from existing national legislation or prospective best practice. The guide can be read as a whole or be used for specific principles that are of particular interest to the user, but always in tandem with the International Principles for Whistleblower Legislation.

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Nicholas Aiossa

Policy Officer – Whistleblowing; Misuse of EU Funds
naiossa@transparency.org