Wednesday, October 28, 2020

EU updates rules to protect whistle-blowers

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The EU Council of Ministers on Monday adopted new rules to protect whistle-blowers.

The directive was adopted at a meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

“The EU is to guarantee a high-level protection to whistle-blowers across a wide range of sectors including public procurement, financial services, money laundering, product and transport safety, nuclear safety, public health, consumer and data protection,” the council said in a statement.

The new directive will establish safe channels for reporting and protect whistle-blowers against retaliation like dismissal.

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The statement further said the new rules will also require national authorities, to adequately inform citizens and train public officials, on how to deal with whistle-blowing.

The EU member states will have two years to incorporate the new rule into their statute book.

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