With the EU Directive coming into force, you may still have questions about the EU Whistleblowing Directive and what it means for you.
To get quick and simple answers, we’ve put together the most frequently asked questions that we get from companies.
Have a read and if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The EU put the new Directive into force in the hope of providing a fairer and safer environment for businesses and citizens across all its member states.
Just a quick glance at the full title of the EU Whistleblowing Directive ‘the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law’ indicates this. Put simply, the EU wants to better protect its citizens if they speak up and report suspected unlawful activity.
The EU requires all Member States to adopt their own version of the Directive into the national law.
Encouraging people to speak up can prevent serious negative consequences, which may otherwise have occurred if the breach was left undetected.
The aim is to protect individuals who raise concerns about breaches of EU law. So, it impacts anyone who may have information on suspected misconduct.
But, it is specifically companies with more than 50 employees and municipalities with 10,000+ inhabitants that the Directive calls on to have secure reporting channels in place.
The affected organisations must provide secure and efficient reporting channels for individuals to report wrongdoing that meet several legal requirements.
Visit our Get Compliant page for more details about reporting channels and the legal requirements of the EU Whistleblowing Directive.
The Directive doesn’t set the exact requirements, apart from that it must be secure and ensure confidentiality. Options that are mentioned are, an online platform or a telephone service.
Whistlelink, is an example of on online platform. It has been built to meet the Directive requirements and also be a really simple tool for the Whistleblower and owners of the system to use.
The Directive doesn’t set minimum penalties, but it does require national versions of the law to penalise against those who prevent reporting, break confidentiality or retaliate against whistleblowers.
The EU Whistleblowing Directive (2019/1937) entered into force in December 2019.
Member states must implement the Directive into national law by 17th December, 2021 and must include the minimum requirements set out in the Directive.
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Philippa Johnsson, Whistlelink
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