Half a decade of whistleblower directive advocacy
This year our joint platform of trade unions and civil society organisations turns 5 years. Professor Wim Vandekerckhove from University of Greenwich has analysed the work of the platform in reaching a directive.
This year our joint platform of trade unions and civil society organisations turns 5 years. That is also when things started moving forward in the European Parliament with the Greens/EFA group publishing its first draft proposal for a directive on whistleblower protection. Thereafter, the own-initiative report by Virginie Rozière (S&D) came about, leading to a support from the Parliament on such a directive, which in the end culminated in a directive proposal from the European Commission. Today, we are expecting the directive, that was finally adopted in 2019, to be transposed into national legislation by the end of the year.
Professor Wim Vandekerckhove from University of Greenwich has analysed the work of the platform in reaching a directive in his paper Is It Freedom? The Coming About of the EU Directive on Whistleblower Protection. In his analysis, he especially puts “[…] focus on two issues [that] the campaigning platform fought for: (1) the material scope of ‘public interest’, and (2) the three-tiered approach to protected disclosure.
 Vandekerckhove, W. Is It Freedom? The Coming About of the EU Directive on Whistleblower Protection. J Bus Ethics (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-021-04771-x.
Seven months remains for EU member states to transpose the whistleblower directive into national legislation.
Can transposing the Whistleblower Protection Directive be done on time? Maybe, but not at the cost of transparency and inclusiveness
EU governments were given two years to bring their national whistleblowing frameworks in line with the EU Directive on Whistleblower Protection.
Transposition of the Whistleblower Protection Directive is a chance to ensure that people can expose abuses safely across the European Union – but EU nations might be letting the opportunity pass us all by.
The EU Whistleblowing Meter tracks the progress of transposition in each country.
Professor Wim Vandekerckhove from University of Greenwich has analysed the work of the platform in reaching a directive proposal on the protection of whistleblowers.
EVENT – 23 February, 14:00 – 15:30 (CET)
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