EU Approves Directive on Whistleblowing and Internal Channels for Reporting
By: Juan Bonilla and Jennifer Bel
On October 23, 2019, the European Parliament approved the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law. The Directive, officially published on November 26, 2019, seeks to harmonize rules on the protection of certain individuals (workers, the self-employed, shareholders, and persons belonging to the management body, volunteers, unpaid trainees, or any person working under the supervision and direction of contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, as well as reporting persons whose work-based relationship is yet to begin) that report unlawful activities or abuse of law regarding the following areas: public procurement, financial services, product safety, transport safety, protection of the environment, nuclear safety, food and feed safety, public health, consumer protection, protection of privacy and personal data, financial interests of the European Union, and breaches relating to the internal market.
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