New EU Whistleblower Directive adopted – scandals necessitated reforms
09 October 2019
Only 10 EU Member States have comprehensive legislation in place, with others offering partial protection at most. At EU level, there are some existing instruments in place that provide for whistleblower protection, but these have varying levels of detail and remain predominantly limited to financial services, transport safety and environmental protection.
On 7 October 2019 the European Council approved the Whistleblower Protection Directive, which was first adopted by the European Parliament in April 2019, to further protect whistleblowers (the Directive). The Directive specifically states that there are lessons to be learnt from these scandals that necessitate this protection.