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EU Agencies Slow to Implement Whistleblowing Policies

Roberta Holland | March 4, 2015

Only two of nine institutions of the European Union have adopted whistleblower rules more than a year after a mandate to do so, according to a report released by the EU Ombudsman this week.

EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly conducted a review of the institutions which revealed that only the European Commission and the Court of Auditors have adopted internal whistleblowing policies. The institutions lagging behind include Parliament, the Council, the Court of Justice, the External Action Service, the Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions, and the Data Protection Supervisor.

All EU administrative employees are required to report any serious irregularities they come across while performing their jobs. The agencies and institutions they work for were given a mandate in January of last year to implement internal whistleblowing procedures.

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