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The Forecast for the EU Whistle-Blowing Directive in Member States: Cloudy with a Chance of Implementation

NYU Law Compliance and Enforcement Blog

16 Jun 2021

Alja Poler De Zwart and Mercedes Samavi authored an article that was republished in NYU Law’s Compliance & Enforcement blog, covering the implementation of the European Union’s Whistleblowing Directive, which protects individuals who report breaches of EU law.

“Although the implementation deadline of December 17 appears quite far away for now, this is deceptive – especially for multinational organizations that have to start preparing to comply with likely varying local implementation requirements in multiple countries,” the authors wrote.

“We have been monitoring the implementation progress in 30 EEA [European Economic Area] countries, and the outlook does not look that great. As far as we can tell, not a single country has managed to adopt its implementing law to date, and some countries appear to have not even started yet. The good news is that the majority of countries are in the middle of their implementation process, but whether local legislators will manage to agree on the bills soon enough to have them ready before December 17 is anyone’s guess.”

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