What is Whistleblower Directive?

EU has adopted whistleblower Directive (the “Directive“) in October, 2019. The Directive needs to be transposed by EU Member States no later than December 17, 2021.

The Directive obliges both companies (with more than 250 employees from 2021 and more than 50 employees from 2023) and authorities in general to introduce whistleblower reporting schemes which must be available to all employees in the company/authority. Further, reporting schemes may need to be extended to external stakeholders such as clients and partners.

The purpose of the Directive is to enhance the enforcement of Union law and policies in specific areas by laying down common minimum standards providing for a level of protection of persons reporting breaches of Union law. Stay tuned for the next posts that will elaborate on the requirements of the Directive, and provide tips on how to meet them