Commission launches public consultation on whistle-blower protection
The European Commission launches today a public consultation on whistle-blower protection.
Vera Jourová: “Whistle-blowers can play a crucial role when it comes to fighting money laundering, fraud or corruption. We have to weigh carefully what is the best way forward and on which level we should act to better protect them. This public consultation will be valuable for the Commission to make well-informed choices. This is an important issue and we have to get it right.”
The protection of whistle-blowers can contribute to safeguarding the public interest, promoting good governance and strengthening the rule of law, as well as our core democratic right to freedom of expression. There are already strong protection mechanisms built into EU law in certain key areas, ranging from audit and money laundering rules to trade secrets, market abuse, capital requirements and other instruments regulating financial services. The public consultation seeks to collect views from a broad range of stakeholders, as well as the general public, on the issue of whistle-blower protection at national and EU level.
As announced in the 2017 Commission work programme, the Commission is currently assessing the scope for horizontal or further sectorial action at EU level to strengthen whistle-blower protection, while respecting the principle of subsidiarity. The results of the public consultation will feed into this work.
The consultation is available here and will be open until 29 May 2017.