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Whistleblowing EU Regulations:
EU Whistleblower protection: Protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law
European Council adopted rules on whistle-blower protection. The rules require the creation of safe channels for reporting both within an organisation – private or public – and to public authorities. It also provides a high level of protection to whistle-blowers against retaliation, and require national authorities to adequately inform citizens and train public officials on how to deal with whistle-blowing.
The main elements of the compromise include:
- Creation of channels of reporting within companies/administrations: all companies with more than 50 employees or with an annual turnover of over €10 million will have to set up an internal procedure to handle whistleblowers’ reports. All state, regional administrations and municipalities with over 10,000 inhabitants will also be covered by the new law.
- Hierarchy of reporting channels: whistle-blowers are encouraged to use internal channels within their organisation first, before turning to external channels which public authorities are obliged to set up.
- Feedback obligations for authorities and companies: obligation to respond and follow-up to the whistleblowers’ reports within 3 months (with the possibility of extending this to 6 months for external channels in duly justified cases);
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- Group of States against Corruption (GRECO): GRECO is the authority who’s been entrusted by the Council of Europe in order to monitor the EU Members’ compliance with the EU standards in the Corruption field. According to the GRECO principles against corruption, the States have:
- to ensure that the organisation, functioning and decision-making processes of public administrations take into account the need to combat corruption, in particular by ensuring as much transparency as is consistent with the need to achieve effectiveness” (GP 9),
- to ensure that the rules relating to the rights and duties of public officials take into account the requirements of the fight against corruption and provide for appropriate and effective disciplinary measures; promote further specifi-cation of the behaviour expected from public officials by appropriate means, such as codes of conduct (GP 10)
Currently, GRECO comprises 49 member States (48 European States and the United States of America).
- Civil Law Convention on Corruption : It requires Contracting Parties to provide in their domestic law “for effective remedies for persons who have suffered damage as a result of acts of corruption, to enable them to defend their rights and interests, including the possibility of obtaining compensation for damage” (Art.1).