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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Bulgaria - Transposition of the EU Directive on Whistleblowing

In progress

Currently there is an on-going discussion among the members of the working group on how the transposition should happen - with adoption of a separate dedicated law or through amendments to the existing relevant legislation. In both cases the provisions should regulate the reporting mechanisms, the rights of employees, the obligations of the competent authorities to process the received reports, the measures for protection and support of whistleblowers, including such in the course of judicial and administrative proceedings.

The working group finalised the first draft of the preliminary impact assessment of the current legislation. The analysis covers both the primary and the secondary legal acts.

Published: Jul 2020
In progress

Transparency International – Bulgaria have long been calling for a broad public discussion on and involvement of as many interested parties as possible in the process for transposition of the EU Whistleblowing Directive. The expert-level administration has accepted that position as evident from a preliminary analysis provided by the Ministry of Justice. However, there is no evidence that the recommendation has been taken into consideration at the political level. The employers’ associations, syndicates, branch business organisations as well as civil society organisations working on the protection of whistleblowers, continue being underrepresented in the working group.

In progress

The government’s Council for European Affairs took decision to create a Working group regarding the transposition of the Directive (EU) 2019/1937 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law. Transparency International – Bulgaria along with two other national NGOs working on transparency and anticorruption issues were invited to bring their expertise to the working group co-chaired by Deputy-minister of Justice and Deputy-minister of Labour and Social Policy.

Published: Jan 2020
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Started tracking on: 16-Dec-2019
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