A key policy objective in 2019/20 was to improve the draft EU Directive on whistleblower protection. The EU Directive on the protection of persons reporting breaches of EU law
was passed by the European Council on the 23rd
of October 2019 and entered into force on the 16th
of December 2019. Member States have until the 17th of December 2021 to enact legislation to comply with the EU Directive on Whistleblowing.
From 2019 through to 2021, WIN is committed to working with its Members and Associates to ensure the EU Directive's transposition into national laws across the EU is rigorous and raises the bar well above minimum standards. EU member states have two years from the formal date of adoption to transpose the directive into their national legal systems.
In 2019, WIN signed the Valencia Pledge
and committed to help facilitate collaboration between European NGOs and Latin American NGOs to raise public awareness of the value and importance of whistleblowing and to push for strong legal protection for whistleblowers in Latin America. We will keep you posted on these activities as they develop.