EU’s Whistleblower Directive Provides Broad Protections

​Whistleblowers who expose violations of European Union (EU) law are protected from retaliation under the terms of a directive adopted Oct. 7, 2019, by the Council of the EU. The directive establishes EU-wide standards of protection for whistleblowers for the first time—protections that are broader than those for whistleblowers in the United States.

The council’s action finalizes the directive, which was approved by the European Parliament in April. “No significant changes were made to the final text between April and October,” according to Jean-Francois Gerard, an attorney with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Brussels. EU member states must integrate provisions of the directive into national law by the end of 2021, he said.

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