New Law On Whistleblowing – What Does This Mean For Ireland?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 4 May 2021
Overview - The EU Whistleblowing Directive
Directive (EU) 2019/1937 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law (the EU Whistleblowing Directive) was enacted on 16 December 2019. Member States have until December 2021 to transpose or implement the Directive by enacting domestic legislation which satisfies the requirements of the Directive.
Unlike Ireland, some Member States have little or no law in place to expressly protect whistleblowers, so the aim of the EU Whistleblowing Directive is to create a uniform, minimum standard of protection for whistleblowers across the EU.
The Directive broadly describes whistleblowers as individuals who report information about threats or
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