EU vedtager nye vidtgående regler for whistleblowers

    EU Parlamentet vedtog den 16. april 2019 skærpede regler for whistleblowers i EU-landene, som øger beskyttelsen for whistleblowers.

    I en pressemeddelelse fra EU hedder det blandt andet, at whistleblowers lovligt kan offentliggøre deres mistanke om ulovligheder eller uregelmæssigheder i en virksomhed eller hos en offentlig myndighed, hvis den pågældende organisation ikke tidligere har reageret på whistleblowerens advarsler.

    ”Those disclosing information acquired in a work-related context, on illegal or harmful activities, will be better protected, under new EU rules approved on Tuesday. The new rules, adopted with 591 votes in favour, 29 against and 33 abstentions and already agreed with EU ministers, lay down new, EU-wide standards to protect whistle-blowers revealing breaches of EU law in a wide range of areas. To ensure potential whistle-blowers remain safe and that the information disclosed remains confidential, the new rules allow them to disclose information either internally to the legal entity concerned or directly to competent national authorities, as well as to relevant EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies. In cases where no appropriate action was taken in response to the whistle-blower’s initial report, or if they believe there is an imminent danger to the public interest or a risk of retaliation, the reporting person will still be protected if they choose to disclose information publicly.”