Whistleblowing and External ReportingReporting externally under the EU Whistleblowing Directive

The EU Directive makes it clear that effective detection and prevention of workplace misconduct is achieved when reporting is done closest to the source of the problem. This is why it encourages internal reporting, i.e. directly through an organisation’s reporting channels.
Although internal reporting is encouraged as the first option, the Directive also says people should be able to make an informed decision on how and when to report suspicions of Union law. It therefore requires Member States to allow for external reporting of whistleblowing cases.

What is external reporting and who is responsible?

 External reporting is when information on suspected wrongdoing is reported externally to a competent authority. It is on each Member State to designate a competent authority to establish independent and autonomous external reporting channels for receiving and handling whistleblowing reports.

The competent authorities must ensure:


As external reporting is the responsibility of Member States, an organisation doesn’t have an obligation, however it should inform employees and other stakeholders about their rights to report externally.

What does external reporting mean for the Whistleblower?

 External reporting is when information on suspected wrongdoing is reported externally to a competent authority. It is on each Member State to designate a competent authority to establish independent and autonomous external reporting channels for receiving and handling whistleblowing reports.

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