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

People
Status
ongoing
Start date
June 2017
Share

Whistleblowers 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.

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

Working with a board coalitions on EU national chapters, civil society organisations, trade unions and journalist associations here have been a number of positive developments on whistleblower protection. In October 2017, the European Parliament adopted a strong own-initiative report in favour of a horizontal directive on whistleblower protection, in line with international principles, including those of TI. Following the Commission’s legislative proposal in April 2018, the Parliament adopted a series of committee opinions and ultimately a Legal Affairs committee report, in November 2018, which incorporated numerous key TI policy recommendations. There was also progress made with the Austrian and Romanian Council Presidencies. Now we are working to ensure that negotiations between the Council and Parliament conclude with a robust directive being adopted before the elections in May.

 

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.

Priorities

Recent News

Article

EU whistleblower protection heads in the right direction

Today, the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted in favour of stronger protections in an EU-wide whistleblower directive that was proposed by the Commission in April. This will serve as the Parliament’s negotiating mandate in...
Publication

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...

Resources

Transparency International Position paper EU Whistleblower Directive (003)

Transparency International amendment submission to the Legal Affairs Committee Updated

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

Policy brief – EU whistleblower protection

International principles for whistleblower legislation

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.

Supporters

Want to know more? Get in touch

Nicholas Aiossa

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