As Mr van Buitenen himself has said, if the UK's Public Interest Disclosure Act - which is due to come into force here this May - had applied to him, he would have been fully protected against victimisation. More importantly, the law would have helped ensure that the Commission dealt with his concerns properly in the first place.
If the new Commission is to signal a break with the past, it must reinstate Mr van Buitenen and introduce whistleblower protection for those countless officials less brave than him.
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