On the 30th April 2014, the Committee of Ministers adopted the Recommendation on the Protection of Whistleblowers and its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum. This legal instrument is of strong persuasive value and places whistleblower protection firmly within a democratic and human rights framework. By focusing on the public interest in the reporting and disclosure of information by individuals in work-based relationships, the Recommendation pushes the protection of whistleblowers beyond a mechanism solely to address corruption and ensures the focus is on public accountability. Public accountability of those persons and institutions whose functions and activities – private and public – affect the well-being of individuals, society, and the environment.
It should serve as fundamental guide for Council of Europe member states and beyond. It should help to ensure that the legal, normative and institutional framework in which whistleblowing operates – as an indiviudal act of community – is better understood, properly promoted and robustly protected in the interests of us all.
Download the Recommendation here.