EU wide legislation needs to happen to further protect whistleblowers – Hayes
Establishment of EU Authority to support whistleblowers should be supported, says MEP
Establishing a European Authority to protect whistleblowers would offer potential Irish whistleblowers greater security, Fine Gael Brian Hayes stated.
“While there are already strong protection mechanisms built unto EU law in certain key areas ranging from audit and money laundering rules to trade secrets and market abuse, whistleblower protections across Europe vary from country to country and can offer limited promise to potential whistleblowers that they will be protected should they seek to expose corruption or wrong doing.
“While we do have protections for Irish whistleblowers under the provisions of the Protected Disclosures Act, the introduction of an EU common approach on this issue would offer potential Irish whistleblowers an added level of security.
“MEPs have adopted a proposed programme that would include whistleblower protection mechanisms for companies, public bodies and non-profit organisations. There is also a move to establish an independent EU body, with offices in EU member states – which would mean the establishment of an office in Ireland – which would assist internal and external whistleblowers identify the right channels to make their disclosures.
“We’ve seen first-hand in Ireland how exposed whistleblowers can be, with often devastating effects for them and their families. Now is the time to examine what is the best way they can be offered maximum protection. A future European Authority would guarantee that whistleblowers are acting in good faith and ensure the provision of equal treatment in all EU Member States.”