Whistleblowing Law in 2021: Legal Risks and Protections in Europe

Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:15 AM
Author: European Environmental Bureau, DLA Piper, dentsu Spain
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A growing number of officials, private employees and journalists blow the whistle on criminality or other wrongdoing in the public interest, yet they still face potential prosecution in some European countries.

This report is a summary of legal protections and risks faced by whistleblowers in Belgium, England & Wales, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the European Union institutions. The report also offers an analysis of EU Whistleblowers Directive, which is due to be enacted into national laws by the end of 2021.

This report was conceived by the European Environmental Bureau. It is based on pro bono legal research co-ordinated by DLA Piper in collaboration with dentsu Spain and facilitated by TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation's global pro bono network.