New rules proposed by the European Commission will provide a higher level of legal protection for corporate whistleblowers who report breaches of law at their organisations.
New EU-wide standards – which experts said were likely to be adopted in the UK after Brexit – aim to provide safer channels for individuals to report wrongdoing, and would offer protection against dismissal, demotion and other forms of retaliation.
Governments across Europe would also be required to inform citizens and provide training for public authorities on dealing with whistleblowers.
The important role whistleblowers can play in uncovering corruption and unlawful activities has been demonstrated by recent scandals including the Panama Papers leaks – which demonstrated widespread tax evasion – and the ongoing revelations around how data has allegedly been misused by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.
“Many recent scandals may never have come to light if insiders hadn’t had the courage to speak out. But those who did