Debate on the protection of whiste-blowers

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Series Details 06.07.16
Publication Date 06/07/2016
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The European Parliament's plenary session held a debate on 6 July 2016 on how to improve legal safeguards for people revealing illegal or unethical activities in the public or private sectors. The debate was attended by the European Commission's vice-president and a representative from the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The key message of the debate was that whistleblowers leaking information in the public interest play a crucia role in upholding democracies, and must therefore be better protected from prosecution, reprisals and threats.

The debate was prompted by the conviction of 'Luxleaks' whistle-blowers Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet by a Luxembourg court for having revealed favourable tax deals granted to multinationals by the Luxembourg authorities.

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EUObserver, 05.07.16: EU has 'world upside down' attitude to whistleblowers
ESO: EU agencies faulted for not protecting whistleblowers
European Parliament: Press Release, 06.07.16: Whistle-blowers: providing a valuable public service
Transparency International: EU Office: Press Release, 06.07.16: Now is the time for EU-wide whistleblower protection
ESO: Background information: Fair Taxation: The Commission sets out next steps to increase tax transparency and tackle tax abuse
EUObserver, 09.09.16: MEPs sign letter in support of LuxLeaks whistleblowers

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