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 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. The CDCJ promotes and supports the implementation of this recommendation that sets out a series of principles to guide member States when reviewing their national laws or when introducing legislation and regulations or making amendments that are necessary and appropriate in the context of their legal system.
- Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)7 on the protection of whistleblowers and explanatory memorandum (Online version: Council of Europe Committee of Ministers website)
- Also available in PDF version as Publication
- Unofficial translation into German : Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)7 and its Explanatory memorandum - provided by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
Recommendation 435 (2019) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe on “The protection of whistleblowers - Challenges and opportunities for local and regional government”
See webpage CDCJ standards and Covid-19/whilstleblowers