Over a quarter of a million signatories support better whistleblower protection
Today trade unions and NGOs will deliver two petitions gathering over 280,000 signatures supporting the European Parliament’s demands for an improved directive.
The European Parliament’s position gives whistleblowers greater flexibility in reporting criminal acts, corruption and wrongdoing.
The petitions will be handed over to MEP Virginie Rozière, rapporteur of the European Parliament, who is also representing the Parliament in the trilogue negotiations.
The parliament’s position gives whistleblowers greater flexibility in reporting criminal acts, corruption and wrongdoing.
At present, the Parliament’s position on reporting channels is facing strong opposition from both the Council and the Commission. According to Martin Jefflén, President of Eurocadres and founder of WhistleblowerProtection.EU, ‘the European public expects a better directive than what the Commission and Council wants. The right to protection also when reporting to a manager or to law enforcement must be guaranteed’.
It has been quite disconcerting for us to see Commission and Council still maintaining the mandatory internal reporting provision.
Veronika Nad, Country Manager of Germany for Blueprint for Free Speech, who will participate in the handover of the Voices of Justice petition and also representing coalition partners Riparte il futuro and FIBGAR, believes: ‘This is a one-time opportunity for Europe to establish good minimum standard in protecting whistleblowers. Approving a Directive providing for mandatory internal reporting would weaken the rule of law in a time when Europe most needs it. This is why a “poor” directive would be rather unsettling. We have worked so much to reach this point that it has been quite disconcerting for us to see Commission and Council still maintaining the mandatory internal reporting provision. It simply makes no sense.’
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Warm applause greeted the unanimous adoption of last week’s trilogue provisional agreement on whistleblower protection, at today’s European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee.
Members of the WhistleblowersProtection.EU platform mainly welcomed the provisional agreement reached by the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council, in the early hours of the 12th of March.
The European Union is expected to shortly adopt the EU’s flagship whistleblower protection directive. EPSU, believes it is essential that the final legislation fully protects whistleblowers and encourages whistleblowers to report wrongdoing, through which ever route they consider most appropriate, be that the media or relevant authorities.
MEP Virginie Rozière, European Parliament Rapporteur for the proposed whistleblower protection directive, yesterday, received petitions with more than 280,000 signatures, gathered by coalitions of trade unions and NGOs, which she handed over to the Council of the European Union at the final scheduled trilogue in the Parliament on Monday 4 March.