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’s whistleblower protection directive, is in a state of flux, key political battles are being fought right now. The whistleblower proposals as they currently stand, have several Achilles heels tucked into the directive’s fine print.
The LuxLeaks revelations were unprecedented not only in the level of corruption they uncovered, but also in the vast array of journalists from different media organisations working together to uncover corruption.
Many of the biggest whistleblower disclosures of recent years have been international in nature – LuxLeaks and the Panama Papers in particular. As pointed out by the Greens in the European Parliament, there is a general European public interest that often supersedes the national interests of a single member state.