The future of the new whistleblower directive
Members of the platform are organising a joint press conference in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 17 April to mark the Parliament's adoption of the whistleblower directive.
CIVIL SOCIETY EVENT TO MARK THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S ADOPTION OF A NEW DIRECTIVE TO PROTECT WHISTLEBLOWERS
Organised by Eurocadres, Transparency International EU & Whistleblowing International Network, WIN
In cooperation with ALDE PACE, Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, S&D in the European Parliament
Find invitation and documents at http://tinyurl.com/WhistleblowerFiles
15h00-16h00 on 17 April
European Parliament, Strasbourg, ROOM R3.1
Register at http://tinyurl.com/whistleblowerprotection
In the final session before the EU elections, the European Parliament will vote for a new EU Directive to protect whistleblowers in Europe. Civil society played an essential role in making this happen.
Press, politicians and civil society will gather to assess this landmark break-through in legal rights for citizens acting in the public interest, and how it will help to strengthen transparency and accountability in Europe.
As the scandals revealed by whistleblowers in LuxLeaks and Panama Papers investigations continue to reverberate around Europe and the world, and new information sheds light on wrongdoing affecting our financial systems, our food, and our environment, we also take a moment to highlight the work ahead.
Our work is to turn legal rights into active protection and to advance whistleblowing disclosures to achieve lasting change in the public interest.
Chaired by Virginie Rozière, MEP – Rapporteur on whistleblower protection, Committee of Legal Affairs, European Parliament
Pascal Durand, MEP – Committee of Legal Affairs, European Parliament
Antoine Deltour, former auditor with PwC and LuxLeaks whistleblower
Sylvain Waserman, MP, Rapporteur on whistleblower protection, PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Council of Europe
Nick Aiossa, Transparency International EU
Martin Jefflén, Eurocadres
Anna Myers, Whistleblowing International Network (WIN)
The EU Whistleblowing Directive is an idea whose time has come. New whistleblower protection laws in Ireland, France and the Netherlands showed consensus was building among EU Member States on the need to protect and enable workers to speak up about wrongdoing in the workplace.
The directive must be changed to that whistleblowers can report not only a special internal whistleblowing channel, but also to managers or law enforcement.
In an open letter 81 signing organisations urge the EU Council to adopt the Parliament’s position on reporting channels. The whistleblower protection directive is currently in trilogue. The signatories express serious concerns about the reporting channels regime in the Council and Commission positions in these negotiations.
A few weeks left to improve the whistleblower protection directive. Make your voice heard and sign the new petition for strong whistleblower protection!
The Romanian Presidency will play a key role is securing a robust whistleblower protection Directive, argues R. Nicolae, of Syene. He believes that Romania has a number of strengths which will support it leading the negotiations, as the whistleblower protection file moves from the Council to trilogue.
According to the Legal Counsel of the Danske Bank Whistleblower, S. Kohn, the Howard Wilkinson case clearly demonstrates that the EU Whistleblower Directive urgently needs to be revised to protect the right to report directly to law enforcement agencies and regulatory authorities.
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European institutions have been seen as being too close to lobbyists and vested interests. It would be a real shame if member states’ representatives were now seen as acting against public concerns, in resisting a whistleblower protection law which encourages the reporting of crime and wrongdoing, said Virginie Rozière MEP.