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.

March 12, 2021News

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.[1]

[1] 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.

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