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However, by making it mandatory to report to the employer first, the proposed directive unwittingly includes information control systems that will both hamper internal good management and make illegal certain responsible disclosures to competent authorities.
If this mandatory internal disclosure regime stands, the directive will have abandoned responsible Europeans who raise concerns appropriately to their employers through their supervisors or normal management channels of communication, who disclose information to competent authorities who have the power and mandate to address wrongdoing, or who provide information to the journalists who investigate and report in the public interest. They will suffer. Europe will suffer.
We remind the EU institutions, in trialogue negotiations right now, that their promise to better protect whistleblowers across Europe they have a moral and legal responsibility to adopt a directive that builds on the Council of Europe Recommendation and international best practice consensus that protects the voluntary choice of channels for those who disclose wrongdoing.
Protecting disclosures made outside the employment relationship is at the heart of providing real whistleblower protection:
As it stands, we are very concerned that the EU is about to agree a directive that will dangerously reinforce the status quo and make it even harder for individuals to report breaches of law and wrongdoing.
Read the open letter on whistleblowerprotection.eu
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