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Watchdog Report: Most EU Nations Lack Adequate Whistleblower Protections

Roberta Holland | November 6, 2013

Most European Union nations are doing little to nothing to protect whistleblowers from retaliation, according to a new report released this week by Transparency International.

The report, Whistleblowing in Europe, found that only four of the 27 countries studied had adequate whistleblower protection laws in place. In those four countries -- Luxembourg, Romania, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom – a corporate or government employee disclosing serious fraud or wrongdoing would receive sufficient legal protection from dismissal, harassment, or other retaliation.

The report found that 16 countries partially protect whistleblowers while seven countries have either no protections or severely inadequate protections in place.  That is despite the fact that all but two of the 27 countries have signed onto the United Nations Convention Against...

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