The whistleblowing directive

Whistleblowers play an essential role in exposing corruption and other wrongdoing that threatens public health and safety, financial integrity, human rights, the environment and the rule of law. By revealing such misdeeds, whistleblowers have helped save countless lives and billions in public funds. (Source: Transparency International)

A new EU-wide directive could have a dramatic impact on the ability of whistleblowing to work in all our interests.

The EU has the power to propose new strong whistleblower protection in Europe. This week negotiations will be taking place – and this is our moment to speak up! If thousands of people across Europe raise our voices in solidarity with whistleblowers, we can influence the shape of an EU law which could change the lives of many brave whistleblowers, like Antoine Deltour.

We need a law that will secure genuine protections for whistleblowers and not merely pay lip service to the idea.

The ‘mandatory internal reporting’ in the directive needs to be deleted

While we are excited by the new directive overall, we are very concerned that the EU is about to agree a directive that, as it stands, will dangerously reinforce the status quo and make it even harder for individuals to report wrongdoing.

Why is this?

In negotiating the directive, the EU Council is insisting that whistleblowers should report internally first in order to be protected under the law. This could put whistleblowers at risk and lead to cover-ups when those responsible are alerted by internal reports.

(Source: Transparency International)

To provide adequate protection, the law must ensure that whistleblowers at the very least have the right to contact law enforcement directly, the right to seek advice from a trade union or an NGO, and safe channels to make disclosures to journalists.

Can you please sign this petition and help protect whistleblowers?


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