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The Council of Europe is currently drafting a legal instrument on protecting individuals who report or disclose information on acts and omissions in the workplace that represent a threat or harm to the public interest (‘whistleblowers’).

In this context it brought together, at its headquarters in Strasbourg on 30 and 31 May 2013, key stakeholders from both the public and private sectors concerned with the issue. The aim of the meeting was to seek their views on various main elements to be addressed in the draft text of the legal instrument. The outcome of those discussions contributed to enriching and finalising the development of an innovative European standard on protecting whistleblowers. 

The  European Committee on Legal Co‑Operation (CDCJ) approved the text of the Draft recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to Council of Europe member states on protecting whistleblowers at its 88th plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 16-18 December 2013).

The draft recommendation will be submitted to the Committee of Ministers with a view to its possible adoption end April 2014.

Meeting to consult key stakeholders (Strasbourg, 30-31 May 2013)

Report of the rapporteur of the meeting


Explanatory notes for the meeting

Resolution 1729 (2010) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on protection of whistleblowers

Recommendation 1916 (2010) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on protection of whistleblowers

 The protection of whistleblowers - report by Mr Pieter Omtzgit  (Parliamentary Assemby of the Council of Europe)

 A study on the feasibility of a legal instrument on the protection of employees who make disclosures in the public interest
by Mr Paul Stephenson

Rule No. 1327 of 10 January 2011 on awareness and prevention of fraud and corruption

G20 compendium of best practices and guiding principles for legislation on the protection of whistleblowers

G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan

 OECD « Whistleblower Protection : encouraging reporting»

EU Guidelines on Whistleblowing