EU Whistleblowing Monitor August Roundup

August 28, 2020
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This is our second detailed monthly roundup of updates provided by the EU Whistleblowing Monitor team of country editors detailing national developments in the transposition of the EU Directive on Whistleblowing during August 2020.

As of today, there are just 15 months and 20 days until the deadline for transposition.

Transposition of the Directive is now updated to ‘in progress’ in Bulgaria, Czechia and Denmark pushing the total number to 14 – with 13 Member States remaining listed as ‘not started.’

In Denmark, we see that Covid-19 Pandemic has slowed transposition process but that the Ministry of Justice have confirmed they plan to meet with stakeholders in Autumn 2020 and expect to have an implementation proposal ready in Spring 2021.

Ongoing discussions continue in Bulgaria as to whether transposition requires the enactment of a standalone whistleblowing protection law or can be achieved through amendments to the current existing legal framework – a preliminary impact assessment is currently being drafted by a working group, which now includes input from civil society NGOs – including TI Bulgaria.

Anticorruption NGOs in Czechia - Rekonstrukce státu (Frank Bold and Oživení) and Transparency International ČR - have published a paper analyzing the proposed new draft law from the Ministry of Justice which has also been criticized by opposition parties for providing only insufficient protection of whistleblowers.