France: Confernce on Whistleblower Protection at Work in the Visegrad Group countries, France and Slovenia
September 25, 2020
An international online conference on Whistleblower Protection at Work in the Visegrad Group countries, France and Slovenia held by the University of Lodz took place on the 25 September 2020. Presentations were given by academics, public officials and civil society experts providing comparative analysis of the Directive and current national frameworks in France, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia – see full programme here. This was the first planned “WhistlePro” conference aimed at improving whistleblower protections in the region and a second event is scheduled to take place in Prague in June 2021. You can watch a recording of the conference here.
France: French Human Rights Commission supports progressive transposition of EU Directive on Whistleblowing
September 24, 2020
The National Consultative Commission on Human Rights has published its review on the implementation of the EU Directive on Whistleblowing into French Law. The Commission Nationale Consultative des Droit de L’Homme. The CNCDH’s opinion
states protection should be extended to cover whistleblowers who disclose breaches of national law as well as EU law. It also recommends that the new law goes beyond the minimum requirements of the Directive including protecting disclosure to trade unions, provision of financial and psychological support for whistleblowers and granting asylum to foreign national whistleblowers.
France: French Ombuds supports ambitious transposition of the Directive on Whistleblowing
Défenseur des Droits
June 04, 2020
The French Ombudsperson – the Défenseur des Droits has called for a progressive transposition of the EU Directive on Whistleblowing which implements provisions which go beyond the minimum standards required by the Directive. The report highlighted the need to clarify the role and protection of civil society organisations such as NGOs and unions in the whistleblowing framework. Other recommendations include extending the number and remit of several competent authorities to receive reports based on the subject matter of the concern, increased human and financial resources dedicated to the protection of whistleblowers, and the establishment of a specific whistleblowing framework for disclosures on matters of national security, defence and classified information.
France: Draft Bill to implement EU Directive on Whistleblowing in France presented
January 21, 2020
A draft law to transpose the EU Directive on Whistleblowing has been presented to the Law Commission in France. The Bill tabled on 21 January 2021, includes provisions for a General Inspectorate for the Protection of Whistleblowers attached to the Defender of Rights Ombuds institution, the ‘Défenseur des Droits.’ The Law Commission adopted the Bill following several amendments.