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EU whistleblower protections close to fruition

Neil Hodge | March 13, 2019

The European Union is a step closer to implementing EU-wide whistleblower protections after the European Parliament and member states reached a provisional agreement to implement rules first proposed by the European Commission in April 2018.

The new rules cover a wide reach of areas of EU law, including anti-money laundering and corporate taxation, data protection, protection of the EU’s financial interests, food and product safety, environmental protection, and nuclear safety.

Member states are free to extend the rules to other areas if they wish, and the Commission encourages them to establish comprehensive frameworks for whistleblower protection based on the same principles.

In particular, the new rules will:

  • Establish clear reporting procedures and obligations for employers so that there is a system of safe channels for reporting both within an organisation and to public...
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