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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 Recommendation 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

- Brief 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).