Whistleblowers need EU protection – lives, environment and money at stake

17 October 2016
On 17 October a platform calling for EU-wide whistleblower protection is launched by the first 44 signatories of a joint statement. It will be open for additional organisations and individuals to sign after the launch. The LuxLeaks trial and others have brought the lack of protection of whistleblowers at EU-level into sharp focus.

Whistleblowers need EU protection – lives, environment and money are at stake!

A press event will be held on 17 October 2016; 12:30-14:30 at Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels. See the attachment for further details. Please also visit www.whistleblowerprotection.eu.

Whistleblowers often risk ending up paying a high price for disclosing 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.

The signatories of the press release (attached)  call 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.

Whistleblower protection is in most cases a workers’ right issue. At the same time, not all whistleblowers are employees. Therefore, broad protection should be ensured covering also other than employees.

The European Council must support initiatives ensuring EU-wide whistleblower protection. PSI and the other signatories also call on the European Parliament to continue to call for EU-wide whistleblower protection and to support initiatives ensuring EU-wide whistleblower protection.


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