About: Whistleblowers

Politics 17-04-2019

European Parliament backs rules to protect whistleblowers

The European Parliament on Tuesday (17 April) overwhelmingly voted for rules aimed at protecting whistleblowers from reprisals following corporate scandals such as Dieselgate and Cambridge Analytica.
Economy & Jobs 15-03-2019

Fair taxation: A mixed bag of results for the Juncker Commission

Since the LuxLeaks scandal, the fair taxation agenda has made some headway. But resistance from member states has also blocked many measures during the Juncker Commission mandate. EURACTIV France reports. What conclusions can be drawn from the Juncker Commission’s fair...

Caution needed in transposing whistleblowing and trade secrets directives

The Commission presented on Monday (23 April) a draft directive on the protection of whistleblowers. However, this new draft counterbalances the directive on trade secrets adopted in 2016, which France is currently transposing. EURACTIV.fr reports.

MEPs call for better protection of journalists

MEPs have called for an independent investigation into the murder of Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée and also demanded a better protection of investigative journalism. EURACTIV.fr reports.

Luxleaks case reaches highest grade of judgement

The hearing of an appeal case for Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, who exposed corporate tax schemes in Luxembourg, opened on Thursday (November 23), after the European Parliament voted last month in favour of protection for whistleblowers.  EURACTIV France reports.

MEPs call for stronger protection for whistleblowers

MEPs adopted by a large majority a report calling for a tough EU law on the protection of whistleblowers on Tuesday (24 October), despite attempts by some right-wing MEPs to water it down. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 05-07-2017

The Netherlands: Europe’s under-the-radar tax haven

Dutch NGO Somo has been blowing the whistle on the Netherlands’ tax practices since 1973. So far, to little effect. The founding member of the European Union was still the world’s third-ranked tax haven in 2016. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Economy & Jobs 24-03-2017

Panama is ‘not a tax haven’, says vice-president

Panama's vice-president yesterday (23 March) insisted her country is "not a tax haven" and claimed efforts to prevent scandals like the Panama Papers affair "go beyond just words". EURACTIV Spain reports.
Agrifood 16-03-2017

EU moves to avoid repeat of horse meat scandal

The EU yesterday (15 March) toughened oversight of the food industry in Europe, including unannounced inspections, as MEPs approved legislation to prevent a repeat of a horse meat scandal.

LuxLeaks whistleblowers handed reduced sentences on appeal

A Luxembourg court yesterday (16 March) gave reduced sentences on appeal to two LuxLeaks whistleblowers convicted of leaking thousands of documents that revealed tax breaks for multinational firms.
Politics 03-03-2017

Commission calls for input on whistleblower protection

The European Commission launched a consultation today (3 March) on the protection of whistleblowers, after MEPs called for EU-wide legislation in February.
Digital 23-01-2017

Snowden lawyers explore EU asylum options

Edward Snowden has asylum in Russia until 2020 but his lawyers have said it's time EU countries “pay back” for exposing the extent of American snooping by giving him legal protection.
Public Affairs 03-01-2017

Sweden introduces pro-whistleblowers law

A new law intended to protect workers that point out irregularities in their workplace came into force in Sweden on New Year’s Day (1 January).
Euro & Finance 20-12-2016

Prosecutors call for leniency against LuxLeaks whistleblowers

Prosecutors yesterday (19 December) recommended reduced sentences for two whistleblowers in the LuxLeaks tax scandal during closing arguments at an appeal trial in Luxembourg.
12-12-2016

The Brief: LuxLeaks whistleblowers’ trial is a disgrace

It is hard to care about Luxembourg. But recently, I have developed strong feelings of dislike for it.
Global Europe 09-11-2016

The Brief: After Trump victory, EU nervously eyes French election

The Berlin Wall fell 27 years ago today. Today, the US made a man who promised to build a wall the leader of the free world.

French lawmakers protect whistleblowers, urge EU to follow suit

French MPs on Tuesday (8 November) voted to strengthen legal protection for whistleblowers, as MEPs pushed the Commission to take action at European level. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 28-09-2016

Panama Papers inquiry sets its sights on Neelie Kroes

The new committee of inquiry into the Panama Papers has voted to stretch its mandate to cover the Bahamas leaks, the latest offshore revelations which directly implicate the former Commissioner Neelie Kroes. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 02-08-2016

Luxembourg appeals verdicts in Luxleaks tax scandal

Luxembourg has lodged an appeal against the verdicts handed down to three LuxLeaks whistleblowers who exposed the small duchy's huge tax breaks for giant multinationals, the justice department said Tuesday (2 August).
Trade & Society 07-06-2016

France to strengthen whistleblower protection in economic reform bill

After the EU's fierce debate whistleblower protection, France has proposed a much tighter set of safeguards in its draft bill for transparency and the modernisation of the economy. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 10-05-2016

Whistleblowers: Between a rock and a hard place

Catching one's boss breaking the law currently seems like a lose-lose situation for all involved. There is support in the European Parliament for more protection to be given to whistleblowers, but it faces an uphill struggle. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 26-04-2016

LuxLeaks whistleblowers go on trial

Three people go on trial in Luxembourg today (26 April) over the so-called LuxLeaks scandal that exposed the country's huge tax breaks for major international companies, with the issue riding high after the recent Panama Papers revelations.
Trade & Society 20-04-2016

The Trade Secrets Directive: What it does – and does not – mean

In the three years it was debated in the European Parliament, the recently-adopted Trade Secrets Directive generated no small amount of controversy and myths. EURACTIV France attempts to separate fact from fiction.
Trade & Society 15-04-2016

Trade secrets: Whistleblower protection not a priority

The Trade Secrets Directive is out of the starting blocks, but the creation of a protected 'whistleblower' status may take some time. EURACTIV France reports.

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