European Union
EU Directive on Whistleblowing
16 Dec 2019 - Present

In 2019 the European Union adopted a far-reaching Directive on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law.

The ‘EU Directive on Whistleblowing’ entered into force on the 16th of December 2019 and each of the 27 EU Member States have until the 17th of December 2021 to transpose its provisions into their national legal and institutional systems.

The EU Whistleblowing Meter was created by the Whistleblowing International Network to track the progress of transposition across all 27 Member States.

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Belgium - Transposition of the EU Directive on Whistleblowing

In progress

The federal government of Belgium has, in its Coalition Agreement, expressed a commitment to a timely transposition of the Directive on Whistleblowing. While the report does not contain any further details on how the Directive will be implemented, it does reference the protection of civil servants reporting breaches in good faith (see page 77). It will be important for Belgium to transpose the Directive to protect a wider range of reporting persons beyond civil servants as required (see Article 4.) It shall also be noted that good faith was specifically avoided in the drafting of the Directive and that Recital 32 explicitly states that the motives of a whistleblower should not be relevant as a condition for protection. The government has tendered to hire someone to conduct a consultation process. The results of the tender are not yet known. Given the COVID-19 crisis and the national implications of Brexit, further progress on transposition in Belgium is not expected until the beginning of 2021.

In progress

The federal Department of the Economy responsible for the transposition of the EU Directive on Whistleblowing has published a tender to outsource an investigation and report into implementing the EU Directive.

In progress

A draft legislative proposal for a dedicated whistleblowing protection law has been introduced to the Belgian House of Representatives by the ‘Workers Party of Belgium’ PVDA political party. Draft law (reference: doc 55 1380/001) was submitted by Mr Boukli and others will be subject to future parliamentary debate.

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