Recently the European Parliament and the Council adopted a Directive on protection of people reporting irregularities, thus introducing minimum common European standards for protection of whistleblowers.
Transposition of the legislation in Bulgaria provides for development of adequate national framework to secure safe reporting channels and to ensure that whistleblowers are protected effectively against retaliation in comparatively short term. The regulations will affect state bodies, local governance authorities, as well as many businesses, which will be obliged to introduce and implement practical measures in this respect.
Currently Bulgaria stays behind many EU member states and even behind of a number of Balkan countries, which already passed whistleblowing legislation. Bulgaria should take immediate action by conducting of broad discussion with the participation of all interested parties and taking into account the roles of authorities, syndicates and business in that process.
As part of the Transparency International movement, TI Bulgaria starts the public and expert dialog by presenting the Directive and opens the floor for discussion on the upcoming transposition process.
The round table discussion will take place on December 12, 2019, at the House of Europe in Bulgaria conference hall.
DIRECTIVE (EU) 2019/1937 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law