The European Commission stepped up in late-April 2018 and proposed a new law to strengthen whistleblower protection across the European Union.
If recent scandals such as Luxleaks, the Panama Papers or the ongoing Cambridge Analytica have shown how crucial the role of whistleblowers can be in revealing unlawful activities, the promotion of this new law is above all a result of “A Change of Direction” project, of which Libera is a partner.
This two-years long project (March 2016 – February 2018) brought together an international group of NGOs and research institutions promoting a new integrated framework for research, awareness-raising and public advocacy for protecting whistleblowers in Europe.
The new law proposed by the European Commission will guarantee a high level of protection for whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law by setting new, EU-wide standards. It will establish safe channels for reporting both within an organisation and to public authorities. It will also protect whistleblowers against dismissal, demotion and other forms of retaliation. National authorities will now have to inform citizens about whistleblowing and provide training for public authorities on how to deal with whistleblowers.
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For more information about A Change of Direction, click here.