The regulation of whistleblowing is not only a matter of duty; it also conveys the message to corrupt individuals that their actions do not have a place in a democracy. This is why we believe that the time has come for the 28 member states of the European Union to recognize the crucial role of whistleblowers in the fight against corruption and, most importantly, to establish legal measures for their protection.
The goal of the present policy survey is to assess the existing whistleblowing policies in the European Union member states. To this end, it begins by developing criteria for the assessment of the various whistleblowing and anti-corruption policies in the member states.
European countries’ whistleblower laws provide mixed results when rated against international standards, our report series shows.
The report series scores whistleblower protections across Europe against nine international and European standards. It also looks at how well the laws are being applied in practice, including in courtrooms.
The 28 EU countries’ total score rated 173 out of 756 possible points – or just 23%, according to Blueprint for Free Speech’s report series. Read the full analisys on our blog.