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Whistle-blowers to receive protection across all of Europe

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFrom now on EU legislation will offer protection to people reporting information regarding illegalities and general criminal activities, as decided by European Parliament on Tuesday, 16 April.

New requirements already agreed upon by member states’ ministers were approved with 591 votes in favour, 29 against and 33 MEPs abstaining in the vote. New rules provide for EU-level activities to better protect whistle-blowers who reveal information about violations of EU regulations in sectors like public procurements, finance services, money laundering, goods and transport security, nuclear security, public health, consumer and data protection, as reported by European Parliament’s  representative in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota.

To guarantee whistle-blowers’ safety and information confidentiality, new rules provide an option for people to disclose information to legal persons and directly to state institutions or EU institutions.

If no action follows whistle-blowers’ reports or if they notice threats to society’s interests or a possibility of revenge against them, protection will be provided if whistle-blowers disclose information publicly.

New rules provide security measures to prevent the possibility of revenge against whistle-blowers for disclosing information. Protection will also be provided for people who support whistle-blowers – their colleagues or relatives.

EU member states will have to provide whistle-blowers with free access to information on available support activities and legal assistance. During trial, financial and psychological assistance is also to be made available to whistle-blowers.

These new requirements still have to be approved by EU ministers. Member states will have two years to implement them all.

Currently only ten EU member states (France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden and the UK) employ comprehensive whistle-blower protection. Other EU member states only offer partial state protection for specific sectors or employee categories. According to estimates from the European Commission, because of insufficient protection of whistle-blowers in public procurements, countries suffer losses ranging from EUR 5.8 billion to EUR 9.6 billion every year.

1 May 2019 will mark the coming into force of the Whistle-blower Law in Latvia.


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  1. Zerry says:

    Good step. But how it will work in practise if reporting violations of police work?
    If that part will not work then the rotten part of LV public society can continue sleeping well.

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