Written by Jan Heuer, Kliemt.HR Lawyers; Janusz Tomczak, Raczkowski
After a recent flurry of action by national legislatures, most EU member states have now implemented the EU Whistleblower Directive into their national law. While the primary purpose of the Directive was to harmonise national laws on whistleblowing, it left many details up to individual countries.
The EU also encouraged member states to enact protections going beyond the baselines set out in the Directive. As a result, the national whistleblower laws differ significantly from one another, and employers operating in multiple member states will need to be aware of these differences. This will be even more important for companies wishing to implement a standardised whistleblowing system, as this will need to reflect local particularities.
We at Ius Laboris are pleased to support companies in the implementation of international whistleblowing systems and if we can help you in any way, you can contact us below. In the survey that follows, we examine the current status and details of the Directive as adopted by a selection of EU countries.
EU Whistleblowing Directive - Implementation status
Belgium – Fabienne Raepsaet, Claeys & Engels
Czech Republic – Anežka Kutějová and Daniel Weiss, Randl Partners
Finland – Laura Parkkisenniemi, Dittmar & Adrenius
Germany – Jan Heuer, Kliemt
Ireland – Sinead Likely, Lewis Silkin
Lithuania – Jovita Valatkaitė, Cobalt
Luxembourg – Nina Thiery, Castegnaro
Netherlands – Christine Daniëls, Bronsgeest Deur Advocaten
Poland – Ewelina Rutkowska, Raczkowski
Slovakia – Danica Valentová, Nitschneider & Partners