EU: whistleblowers need wide and comprehensive legal protection – Petition

A platform for a EU-wide whistleblower protection was launched by 44 organizations calling on the European Commission to urgently take action on bringing forward proposals on EU-wide legislation on whistleblower protection with a broad scope of groups and areas of activities protected.

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The Antoine Deltour trial (LuxLeaks) and the case of Hervé Falsiani (the Falsiani list) – among others –  have brought the lack of protection of whistleblowers at EU-level into sharp focus. The lack of dedicated laws and a comprehensive approach have led to whistleblowers being threatened, harassed, and even sentenced to jail for breaching confidential and non-disclosure agreements. Moreover, whistleblower protection is in most cases a workers’ right issue, since many of them end up losing their jobs for disclosing relevant information.

Yet whistleblowing can be essential in bringing to light – for example – illegal activities, corruption, activities which are contrary to public interest and threats to public health and safety. Whistleblowing can save lives, the environment and money.

It is high time for legislation on EU-wide whistleblower protection.

PSI call all European affiliates to join the campaign and sign the petition requesting:

  • The European Commission to urgently take action on bringing forward proposals on EU-wide legislation on whistleblower protection with a broad scope of groups and areas of activities protected.
  • The European Council to support initiatives ensuring EU-wide whistleblower protection.
  • The European Parliament to continue calling for EU-wide whistleblower protection and to support initiatives ensuring EU-wide whistleblower protection.

Sign the petition here: www.whistleblowerprotection.eu

Foreign Affairs

8 November 2016

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