EU Parliament Approves EU Whistleblower Rules

On 16 April the EU Parliament voted to adopt news rules providing for EU-wide protection of those people reporting breaches of EU law, including those reporting on issues related to tax fraud and money laundering, with 591 votes in favour of the measures, 29 opposed, and 33 abstentions.

The new law will provide those persons reporting on breaches of EU legislation with internal and external reporting procedures for whistleblowing. The directive also includes provisions which forbid all forms of retaliation, to be enforced by means of sanctions. Whistleblowers are also to be provided with access to free independent information and advice, legal aid and remedies, including financial and psychological support.

 

The law will now be approved by EU ministers, and Member States will have two years to implement the new rules.

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