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Recommendation on the protection of whistleblowers

Adopted on: 30 April 2014
Reference number: CM/Rec(2014)7 Adopted by: Committee of Ministers
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In this recommendation, the Council of Europe recognises the value of whistleblowing in deterring and preventing wrongdoing, and in strengthening democratic accountability and transparency stating at the same time that whistlebowing is a fundamental aspect of freedom of expression and freedom of conscience and is important in the fight against corruption and tackling gross mismanagement in the public and private sectors. Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)7 is designed to situate whistleblower protection within the sphere of democratic principles and safeguarding the public interest. The purpose is to help member states design and develop a framework that protects whistleblowers in law, which is implemented in practice and which is properly tailored to national systems. It includes 29 principles that should guide the member states when reviewing their current laws or when introducing new or amended legislation. The explanatory memorandum explains in details the scope and the content of the recommendation.

Youth specific: No

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