Three years ago in a report, Whistleblowing, Fraud and the European Union, commissioned by the European Commission, we recommended that the Commission improve the protection afforded to officials who blow the whistle. Those recommendations were clearly ignored.
If Neil Kinnock is to succeed in reforming the Commission and restoring public confidence, he must introduce adequate protection for whistleblowers. As long as officials are afraid to speak up, the culture that has allowed fraud and corruption to thrive will persist.
In the UK, the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 provides protection against victimisation of staff who blow the whistle on corporate malpractice. The new Commission should follow our lead.
Senior Legal Officer
Public Concern at Work
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