As is the case internationally, the push for whistleblower protection in Europe in recent years has stemmed from a desire to tackle corruption more effectively.  Now that a number of European states are looking to enact whistleblower protection laws, the trend is moving towards broader rather than narrow protection – eg. to ensure workers in both the private and public sectors are covered and that whistleblowing is understood as a matter of protecting the common good (be it about health and safety, the environment, corruption, human rights abuses, etc.) and freedom of speech rights.  In April 2014, the Council of Europe, for example, adopted a Recommendation which seeks to ensure member states review and strengthen their judicial, normative and institutional framework for protecting public interest whistleblowing.

Council of Europe Recommendation on the Protection of Whistleblowers

Council of Europe Civil Law Convention on Corruption, ETS 1999

Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO)

Legal Protections for Whistleblowers in the EU