New Whistleblowing Legislation for European Union

July 17, 2019

New Whistleblowing Legislation for European Union
New Whistleblowing Legislation for European Union

By Juan Bonilla and Ana Campos

On April 16, 2019, the European Parliament passed a directive on the “Protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law.” This legislation adopts the protection of whistleblowers as a key element in the fight against corruption, cartels, and corporate incompliance. Consequently, it sets forth the obligation to establish internal and external reporting channels as well as an explicit prohibition of retaliation. The obligation of establishing an internal channel affects all legal entities of the public sector and legal entities of the private sector with more than 50 employees. Once published, Member States must transpose this directive within two years.

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