ELA Response: Whistleblower protection: European Commission launches public consultation

Monday, March 20, 2017

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the benefits and drawbacks of whistleblower protection.

The consultation is available here and will be open until 29 May 2017. The stated objectives are to collect information, views and experience on the benefits and drawbacks of whistleblower protection; on the elements that are important for effective whistleblower protection; on problems arising both at national and EU level from gaps and weaknesses of existing whistleblower protection and from the divergences of protection across the EU, as well as on the need for minimum standards of protection.

ELA will be responding to the consultation. The working party working on ELA’s submissions will be co-chaired by Arpita Dutt (BDBF LLP) and Robert Davies (Walbrook Law LLP). If you are interested in applying to join this working party, please reply by Friday 24 March.

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How ELA working parties work

A typical working party will organise its work by sharing out the consultation questions amongst the working party members. In this way, the work can be shared out evenly, and members can volunteer to take on as much or as little as they feel able to at the time. Each working party member will then draft a response to the question(s) they have agreed to take on, within the agreed timetable. The submission deadlines are often quite tight, so it is vital that everyone keeps to the timetable. The chair(s) of the working party (who are almost always drawn from the L&P Committee) will then pull the individual submissions together and edit them for consistency, ensuring that our submissions are politically neutral and address the concerns of both employees and employers.