Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection Annual Meeting held in Sarajevo

The Annual Meeting of the Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection co-hosted by the Foundation INFOHOUSE, was held in Sarajevo on Friday, November 22, 2021 with the support of RAI Secretariat.

The Coalition’s Annual Meeting serves as a platform for discussion of common challenges, strategies, and solutions for improving the protection of whistleblowers. RAI Secretariat has been supportive of the work of the Coalition since its establishment in 2015, in recognition of the importance of collaboration between the government and the non-governmental sector in effectively protecting whistleblowers. The annual meeting of the Coalition was also an opportunity to celebrate success and capture lessons learned.

The participants and Coalition members were presented a valuable insight on the experience and lessons learned of the
Government Accountability Project (GAP), USA, delivered by expert Tom Devine, on how can NGOs help whistleblowers. Additionally, Vladimir Radimirovic, representative of the CSO “Pistaljka” from Serbia presented the experience and engagement of this organization in their mission of whistleblower protection.

The Coalition Annual Meeting was organized under the auspices of the regional project ‘Breaking the Silence: Enhancing the whistleblowing policies and culture in Western Balkans and Moldova’, which is funded by the European Union and implemented by the RAI Secretariat. The Annual Meeting gathered representatives of civil society organizations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia.

 

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration on Independence