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Virginie Rozière

EU on path towards whistleblower protection. EUobserver

EU-wide rules on protecting whistleblowers are a step closer to reality following a political agreement between EU states and the European Parliament.

Although the final text of the agreement has yet to be published, the deal reached on Monday (11 March) marks a possible turning point in protecting whistleblowers from reprisals and abuse.

French socialist MEP Virginie Roziere, who helped negotiate the latest deal, told reporters in Strasbourg that the text « forms a remarkably robust basis for the European Union to protect whistleblowers. »

The current patchwork of national laws on whistleblower protection has often complicated efforts to protect people who revealed damaging information. Some EU states like Cyprus currently have very weak or no such laws.

The latest plan, an EU-directive, aims to create a single legal basis for all EU states to build upon, in the hopes that whistleblowers will not be legally hounded in the courts.

« We are moving in the direction of having a single competent authority to protect whistleblowers at the EU level, » added Roziere.