Updates from Brussels

Timeline of whistleblower protection in the EU


Oct 23rd 2017: Whistleblower directive

MEPs voted in favour of a report calling on EU-wide whistleblower protection demanding the commission to act.

Oct 16 2017: Panama Papers

Daphne Caruana Galizia, the journalist leading the Panama Papers investigations in Malta is murdered; European Parliament calls for full inquiry.

May 2017: Public consultation

Commission launches a public consultation on whistleblower protection to collect opinions on the issue from stakeholders & citizens; Response is overwhelming.

Feb 14 2017:

“Own initiative report on the role of whistleblowers in the protection of EUs financial interests” (Budgetary control, rapporteur Dennis de Jong) is adopted.

July 2016: Whistleblower Directive

Failure of Parliament initiative on whistleblower protection to go ahead.


July 2016: LuxLeaks

Appeal against LuxLeaks sentences
. 108 MEPs sign an open letter saluting courage & expressing support & solidarity + commitment to change the situation for whistleblowers.

June 2016: LuxLeaks

LuxLeaks convictions (Luxembourg Court): 
Antoine Deltour gets 12 months in jail, Raphael Halet 9 months

High media coverage & high public interest: sympathy for the whistleblowers
Pressure on EU institutions & Member States for a better legal system.

May 2016: Whistleblower directive

Greens/EFA sends an example on what a whistleblower directive could look like to the Commission – to help them work a bit faster on this issue

May 2016: Trade Secrets Directive

Trade Secrets Directive adopted to better protect trade secrets – not exactly what we needed

Controversial in EParliament because of implications for whistleblowers

April 2016: Panama Papers

Panama Papers are released by press.
 Disclosures about tax havens made by anonymous whistleblower

European Parliament sets up the PANA committee for inquiry.


Oct 2015: Snowden Leaks

European Parliament votes to protect Snowden & thinks he should be granted EU asylum.

June 2015: LuxLeaks

The European Parliament awards Antoine Deltour (main LuxLeaks source) European Citizen Prize.

November 2014: LuxLeaks

Reveals tax evasion practices by big 4 consulting firms.

European Parliament: Juncker appears in Parliament for extraordinary debate on fight against tax avoidance, LuxLeaks inspires initiatives for greater tax harmonisation in Europe.  http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20141112IPR78502/meps-call-for-tax-harmonisation-and-transparency-in-lux-leaks-debate

June 2013: Snowden leaks

European Parliament is furious & shocked about the allegations.