Public Consultation on whistleblower protection

Public Consultation on whistleblower protection

Mainly linked to financial or political issues in the past, the question of the role of whistleblower and the way to provide them with an effective protection recently became a major topic in the field of sport, notably regarding integrity issues and the fight against doping. On its side, the European Union is currently working on several initiatives to improve the situation of whistleblowers in Europe. According to the definition of the European Commission, a whistleblower is “an individual which may, in course of its work, come across information about acts or omissions which represent a threat or harm to the public interest. By reporting or disclosing such acts or omissions ("whistle blowing") they can help to prevent harm to the public interest”.
One of these initiatives is the public consultation on whistleblower protection launched by the European Commission, on 3 March. This consultation is part of the assessment by the European Commission to define the most appropriate scope for future actions to strengthen whistleblower protection. The Commission aims to collect views from a broad range of stakeholders, as well as the general public, in order to prepare future policy and legislation. 

Whistleblower protection is a priority for EU institutions as underlined by Vera Jourová, Commissioner for Justice and Consumers, stating that “Whistleblowers can play a crucial role when it comes to fighting money laundering, fraud or corruption. We have to weigh carefully what is the best way forward and on which level we should act to better protect them. This public consultation will be valuable for the Commission to make well-informed choices.” The European Commission will use the results of this consultation to consider whether horizontal and/or sectoral approaches are most appropriate to ensure whistleblower protection.

In the frame of this consultation, the Commission is gathering input from stakeholders including international organisations, public authorities and NGOs. In this regard, Sport governing bodies and sport organisations should use this opportunity offered to express their views and to contribute to shape the European Commission's initiative before it goes to the Council and European Parliament for discussion and adoption. 

The consultation will be opened until 29 May 2017. 

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Public consultation on whistleblower protection

Impact assessment 

Background document

Recent Posts

Belgian Olympic Academy 2025 open for application!

The Belgian Olympic Academy has opened its registration procedure for the 2025 edition of the training programme. In collaboration with Universiteit Gent, the Université Catholique de Louvain, and the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (BOIC), the Academy aims to enhance management skills in sports organisations through innovative academic and practical approaches to leadership. Scheduled from January 2025, […]

Read More
SIGGS 3.0 Mid-Term Meeting

The EOC EU Office hosted a productive mid-term meeting for the SIGGS 3.0 project this week in Brussels, showcasing significant progress and exciting future plans for the updated Good Governance self-evaluation tool. The consortium is on track to finalise all 31 topics across six dimensions by the end of August and extends thanks to the […]

Read More
Formation of political groups in the European Parliament

Political groups in the European Parliament are currently being formed with newly-elected MEPs. The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group  has been constituted with Nicola Procaccini (Fratelli d’Italia, Italy) and Joachim Brudziński (PiS, Poland) elected as co-chairmen. 6 vice-chairs have been elected and the group now includes 84 MEPs. The Greens/EFA Group elected Bas Eickhout […]

Read More

Related Posts

July 12, 2024
Belgian Olympic Academy 2025 open for application!

The Belgian Olympic Academy has opened its registration procedure for the 2025 edition of the training programme. In collaboration with Universiteit Gent, the Université Catholique de Louvain, and the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (BOIC), the Academy aims to enhance management skills in sports organisations through innovative academic and practical approaches to leadership. Scheduled from January 2025, […]

July 12, 2024
SIGGS 3.0 Mid-Term Meeting

The EOC EU Office hosted a productive mid-term meeting for the SIGGS 3.0 project this week in Brussels, showcasing significant progress and exciting future plans for the updated Good Governance self-evaluation tool. The consortium is on track to finalise all 31 topics across six dimensions by the end of August and extends thanks to the […]

July 5, 2024
Formation of political groups in the European Parliament

Political groups in the European Parliament are currently being formed with newly-elected MEPs. The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group  has been constituted with Nicola Procaccini (Fratelli d’Italia, Italy) and Joachim Brudziński (PiS, Poland) elected as co-chairmen. 6 vice-chairs have been elected and the group now includes 84 MEPs. The Greens/EFA Group elected Bas Eickhout […]

About us

The EOC EU Office is the House of European Sport, representing the European Olympic Committees (EOC), the IOC and other major sport organisations to the European institutions in Brussels.
CONTACT
crossmenu linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram