GET THE LATEST UPDATES ON NATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWING LAWS FROM ALL MEMBER STATESNational whistleblowing laws in the EU

Transposing the EU Whistleblowing Directive into national whistleblowing laws.

The aim of the EU Whistleblowing Directive (2019/1937) is to detect and prevent breaches of Union Law. It serves to protect individuals (whistleblowers), who report on work-related misconduct, from negative consequences such as dismissal, intimidation or retaliation.

A REQUIREMENT OF THE EU DIRECTIVE National whistleblowing laws

By 17 december 2021, all member states were expected to transpose the EU Whistleblower Directive into national law. As of today, only nine countries have adapted national whistleblowing laws. Find out more below!

FIND YOUR COUNTRYWhistleblower laws by member state

National whistleblowing laws are added to the list as they are published.

Croatia

A new whistleblowing law in Croatia ‘The Act on the Protection of Persons Reporting Irregularities’ entered into force on 23 April 2022, replacing the Whistleblower Law from 2019.

Zakon o zaštiti prijavitelja nepravilnosti

Cyprus

On 20 January 2022 the Cyprus Parliament passed a bill transposing the EU Directive into national law. The ‘Protection of Persons Reporting Breaches of Union and National Law of 2022’ (‘the Whistleblowing Law’) was published on 4 February 2022. 

Ο περί της Προστασίας Προσώπων που Αναφέρουν Παραβάσεις του Ενωσιακού και Εθνικού Δικαίου Νόμος του 2022

Denmark

The ‘Whistleblower Protection Act’ which passed on the 24th June 2021 makes Denmark the first EU Member State to adopt new legislation to implement the EU Whistleblower Directive from 17 December 2021.

Lov om beskyttelse af whistleblowere

France

France adopted the national whistleblower law in March 2022. The law will enter into force on 21 September 2022. Before the new law, France was actually a pioneer in whistleblower protection with its Sapin II law of 2016.

LOI n° 2022-401 du 21 mars 2022 visant à améliorer la protection des lanceurs d’alerte

Read more in our blog: France adopts new whistleblowing law

Latvia

The Parliament in Latvia (‘Saeima’) approved the new ‘Law on Raising Alarms’ on 20 January 2022. The Latvian Whistleblowing Law came into effect on 4 February 2022.

Trauksmes celšanas likums

Lithuania

Lithuania adopted a new whistleblowing law, one day before the deadline for EU Member States to transposed the EU Directive on Whistleblowing. The ‘Law Amending the Whistleblower Protection Act No. XIII-804’ entered into force on 15  February 2022.

Pranešėjų apsaugos įstatymo

Malta

Malta became the first EU Member State to transpose the EU Whistleblower Directive with the national law ‘Protection of the Whistleblower (Amendment) Act 2021‘.

Att dwar il-Protezzjoni ta’ Informatur

Portugal

Published on December 20, ‘Law No. 93/2021’ transposed the EU Directive in Portugal. The law enters into force on 18 June 2022.

Lei n.º 93/2021 (whistleblowing) para a protecção dos denunciantes

Sweden

On 29 September 2021, the Swedish Parliament ‘Riksdagen’ approved new legislation to transpose the EU Directive on Whistleblowing into Swedish national law from 17 December 2021.  

Lag (2021:890) om skydd för personer som rapporterar om missförhållanden (Visselblåsarlagen)

Read more in our blog: Sweden transposes the EU Whistleblowing Directive into national law

UPDATES ON MEMBER STATESWhere are countries in the lawmaking process?

Read more about where countries are up to in introducing national whistleblowing laws in our blog. You can also visit EU Whistleblowing Monitor for more progress updates. 

EU WHISTLEBLOWING DIRECTIVE - KEY DATESDeadline to implement reporting channels

For organisations with 250+ employees and municipalities with 10,000+ inhabitants.

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