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EU Whistleblowing Directive a ‘Potential Minefield’ for Compliance

10 May 2021

Alja Poler De Zwart spoke to Compliance Week about the fast-approaching deadline for transposing the European Union’s Whistleblowing Directive, which aims to increase the scope and level of minimum protection afforded to individuals who speak up about possible wrongdoing.

According to Alja, it is still difficult to tell how EU countries intend to transpose the directive.

“From what we have seen to date, a number of EU member states have not even issued a first draft of the implementing law,” she said. “Therefore, a bigger issue at the moment is whether laws will be implemented soon enough at the local level for organizations to have sufficient time to become compliant with specific local requirements before the December 2021 deadline.”

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