About: Whistleblowing

Why Europe should back a robust whistleblowers directive

Those who report corruption, criminal acts and breaches of public trust must be protected, writes Martin Jefflén, who calls for lowering the barriers when it comes to reporting wrongdoing in the corporate sphere.

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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Digital 17-06-2015

MEPs rally to protect press freedom from Trade Secrets Directive

Members of the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee have adopted measures to ensure that the Trade Secrets bill does not weaken the right to freedom of information. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 12-06-2015

New law to muzzle whistleblowers

The new Trade Secrets Directive is meant to protect businesses from industrial espionage. But it will muzzle whistleblowers on public health and environment issues becuase it puts journalists, scientists and public authorities at risk of being crushed in court by corporations, writes James Thornton.
Digital 11-06-2015

Protect journalists from Trade Secrets Directive, French MPs say

French MPs have called on the European institutions to rework the Trade Secrets bill, which they say hampers the freedom of information and puts journalists' sources at risk. EURACTIV France reports
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has suggested Snowden should return to the United States, setting off sharp criticism in the Bundestag's opposition parties. 2012 [SPD Saar/Flickr]

German minister under attack over Snowden remarks

Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas has advised US whistleblower Edward Snowden to return to the United States, sparking outrage from opposition parties in the Bundestag. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Emily O'Reilly, EU Ombudsman, with EU Commission president 2009-2014, José Manuel Barroso [European Commission]
Public Affairs 29-07-2014

Ombudsman pushes for more protection for EU whistleblowers

The EU Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, on Monday (27 July) opened an investigation into nine EU institutions, which have failed to put in place protective measures for staff members that report corruption or malpractice.
EU Priorities 2020 11-09-2002

Kinnock defends Commission’s decision to fire whistleblower

Commission Vice-President Neil Kinnock has defended the Commission's decision to suspend the organisation's former chief accountant for warning that EU budget was in danger of fraud.

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