Surely you have heard or read about whistleblowers in the last two years. We have intensely debated this topic, too. And this is due largely to the EU Whistleblowing Directive, which had to be transposed into national law by the end of the last year.
Whistleblowers have always been around and their valuable contribution has many times led to a decrease in the amount of illegal activities within companies: tax fraud, money laundering, corruption, to name a few.
But, most of the time, people who are aware of potential irregularities, frauds etc. decide not to report the facts. They fear repercussions, from dismissal to being stigmatized as unreliable people, taking also into account the ex-communist culture prevalent in Eastern European states.
In these situations, both the Romanian and the European authorities must apply solid measures to provide protection for whistleblowers and create an environment that encourages such behavior, which is intended to become a cultural norm at organizational level. Equally, the authorities should also consider regulations aimed to ensure the integrity, reliability and lack of abuse of whistleblowing systems.
What happened after December 17, 2021? Was the Directive transposed into our legislation, how are whistleblowers protected now?
We invite you to find out in the article below. Thank you, Biz Magazine, for the opportunity to discuss this topic of great interest to both authorities and companies.