The need to protect whistleblowers is increasingly recognised at both international and national level, and the EU institutions are pushing forward on the issue:
- The European Commission has recently launched a public consultation on the issue of whistleblower protection and is undertaking an impact assessment to ascertain to what extent the EU might be able to legislate on the matter.
- The European Parliament recently adopted a report by the Budgetary Control Committee on the protection of whistleblowers and the Legal Affairs Committee is about to draft a report of its own.
- The Financial Affairs Council of the European Union has called for EU action on the matter, and the Justice and Home Affairs Council has whistleblower protection on its agenda for 27 and 28 March.
In this context, MEPs Pascal Durand, Benedek Jávor and Julia Reda are organising a high-level roundtable to gather together MEPs, Commission officials and representatives from various different sectors: Trade unions, NGOs, journalists' organisations, media publishers and business representatives. The event is invitation-only but those interested to participate in the discussions can write to email@example.com.
AGENDA OF THE ROUNDTABLE
15:00 – 15:10
Welcome and Introduction
15:10 – 15:30
Current state of play, upcoming plans and timelines: Presentation by Antoine Colombani, Cabinet of First Vice President Frans Timmermans and by Isabelle Perignon, Cabinet of Commissioner for Justice, Consumers & Gender Equality Ms. Vera Jourová
15:30 – 16:30
Roundtable 1: What is the added value of EU action on whistleblower protection? Is it sufficient to leave this issue to the Member States?
16:30 – 17:00
17:00 – 18:20
Roundtable 2: What are the pros and cons of sectoral versus horizontal legislation, and how can the widest yet legally sound protection be achieved?
18:20 – 18:30
Wrap up and Goodbye