HOW TO PROTECT WHISTLEBLOWERS?
The Council of Europe has developed a legal
instrument on protecting individuals who report or disclose information on
acts and omissions in the workplace that represent a serious threat or harm
to the public interest (‘whistleblowers’).
At its 1198th meeting (30 April 2014), the Committee of Ministers adopted
CM/Rec(2014)7 on the protection of whistleblowers prepared by
the European Committee on Legal Co-operating (CDCJ) of the Council of
Europe, and took note of its Explanatory Memorandum. This legal instrument sets out a
series of principles to guide member States when reviewing their national
laws or when introducing legislation and regulations or making amendments as may be necessary and appropriate in the
context of their legal systems.
(Unofficial German translation :
Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)7 and its
Explanatory memorandum - German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection).
To learn more, please see:
Leaflet on whistleblowing and the Recommendation
Guide for policy makers aimed at the implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)7
- Update on
developments in Europe
(last updated 20 April 2015)
Report on Whistleblower Protection in Southeast Europe, an overview of
laws, practices, and recent initiatives - research by Blueprint for Free Speech for the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative of Sarajevo, released during the international and regional whistleblower events
(Sarajevo, 17-19 June).