This article first appeared in The Sunday Business Post on 30 June 2019.
On 16 April 2019, the European Union Parliament adopted the Directive on the Protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union Law (the ““Whistleblowing Directive”). This is a significant development for whistleblowing protection in Europe. Once the Directive is implemented in member states it will allow a more uniform approach to whistleblowing across the EU by providing “safe channels” for an individual to air certain grievances in relation to EU law.
Recent scandals such as Cambridge Analytica and the Panama papers have shown the benefit to the general public of an individual “blow the whistle” and that citizens should not be fearful of retaliation for exposing wrongdoing.
In many respects the Directive does not diverge greatly from the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 (the “2014 Act”) Act so the system is already familiar to us. Indeed in a press release