European Conference on Whistleblowing Legislation
On 16 December 2019, ‘Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law’ (‘Whistleblower Directive’) entered into force. Based on a Commission proposal of 23 April 2018 and accompanied by an intensive policy debate, the final version of the Directive represents the most far-reaching piece of European Union legislation in the field of whistleblowing law to date, both in terms of depth and scope of regulation.
The Member States of the European Union are now obliged to transpose the Directive’s provisions essentially by 17 December 2021. For most Member States, this will mark the first time they will adopt a comprehensive whistleblowing law. Hence, the transposition of the Directive will come along with various challenges, but also multiple opportunities to improve the current national legal frameworks and their practical application.
The European Conference on Whistleblowing Legislation seeks to provide a forum for a thorough analysis of the most important aspects, policy implications and real-life consequences of the Whistleblower Directive. It will give researchers, policy makers, judges and other practitioners from Germany and across Europe an opportunity to discuss the current state and future development of whistleblowing laws and practice, thereby laying the groundwork for legally and empirically informed recommendations regarding the Directive’s upcoming national transposition.