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24 October 2016

Whistleblowers need EU protection: sign the petition

On 17 October, a platform initiated by Eurocadres (Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff) calling for an EU-wide whistleblower protection was launched by the first 48 signatories of a joint statement.

At a press conference at the Brussels Press Club, representatives of Eurocadres, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and Transparency International all emphasised the importance of joining forces on this crucial issue.

Following the debate before the summer of the trade secrets directive and the LuxLeaks trial, the lack of protection of whistleblowers at EU-level has come into sharp focus. Whistleblowers often risk ending up paying a high price for disclosing information. Yet whistleblowing can be essential in bringing to light - for example - illegal activities, corruption, activities which are contrary to public interest and threats to public health and safety.

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