EU Whistleblowing Meter September Roundup

October 01, 2020
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This is our third monthly roundup of updates provided by the EU Whistleblowing Meter team of country editors detailing developments in the transposition of the EU Directive on whistleblowing for September 2020.
As of today, there are just 14 months and 17 days until the deadline for transposition.
Transposition of the Directive remains ‘in progress’ for 14 countries with 13 Member States remaining listed as ‘not started.’
Following criticism by civil society experts of the Draft law published in Czechia last month, the Ministry of Justice is now preparing for a more detailed impact assessment.  You can read more about the concerns voiced by working group members that the Bill would not sufficiently protect whistleblowers, and lack of independence of the proposed agency and external reporting system here.  Due to legislative timetables in Czechia it is unlikely the Draft Law will pass during the current election period and therefore despite being comparatively further ahead in the transposition process until now, Czechia risks falling behind. 
An international online conference on Whistleblower Protection at Work in the Visegrad Group countries, France and Slovenia held by the University of Lodz took place on the 25 September 2020.  Presentations were given by academics, public officials and civil society experts providing comparative analysis of the Directive and current national frameworks in France, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia – see full programme here.  This was the first planned “WhistlePro” conference aimed at improving whistleblower protections in the region and a second event is scheduled to take place in Prague in June 2021.  You can watch a recording of the conference here
Transparency International Greece have published a detailed Report ‘Effective Integration of the EU Directive on the Protection of Whistleblowers, Analysis and Proposals of DD-E” which contains several recommendations and has been sent to the Ministry of Justice and the Legislative Drafting Committee. 
Another Policy Paper has been published for Member States by key whistleblowing academics. “Transposing the EU Whistleblower Directive into National Law: What every policymaker should know” offers recommendations concerning the key aspects of implementation. The paper is written in the context of the government of Ireland’s call for submissions but has relevance for advocacy in other Member States. 
In Cyprus, MP Irene Charalambidou has called for stronger whistleblowing protection in a recent speech which highlighted the lack of national whistleblowing protection mechanisms compared to other European states declaring that protecting whistleblowers was the only way to fight corruption in the country. 
Transparency International Secretariat have now published their comprehensive tool “Assessing Whistleblowing Legislation: Methodology and Guidelines for Assessment against the EU Directive and Best Practice.”  The tool Is designed to support policymakers and advocates to assess national legislation, draft laws and any amendments during the legislative process, to ensure optimal transposition of the Directive and to push for strong whistleblowing protection based on internationally recognised best practice. 
You can find this information, as well as our previous monthly roundups, on the EU Whistleblowing Meter Blog page or the WIN News page.