JURI unanimously accepts trilogue’s whistleblower protection deal
Warm applause greeted the unanimous adoption of last week’s trilogue provisional agreement on whistleblower protection, at today’s European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee.
In recommending trilogue's deal to JURI, this afternoon, the whistleblower protection Rapporteur Virginie Rozière of S&D said: ‘The result agreed in trilogue, represents a victory for the European Parliament. The deal is entirely in line with what this committee agreed on a unanimous basis [on the 20th of November, last year]. This victory for the EP came about despite the resistance of some member states.
This victory for the EP came about despite the resistance of some member states.
Today’s vote follows on from last week’s provisional whistleblower protection agreement between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council. The agreement has been largely welcomed by campaigners from trade unions and civil society, as giving greater protection to whistleblowers across Europe, due in part to the removal of mandatory internal reporting and other regressive measures, which have now been removed.
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.
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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.