Whistleblower rules will be extended just before the EU deadline
Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis will propose further amendments to the Whistleblower Act next week, with the aim of ending Malta’s statute overdue in the transposition of the EU’s whistleblower directive. ‘alert.
The Labor government introduced Malta’s first whistleblower law in 2013, but now has until December 17, 2021 to fully transpose a broader EU directive to protect those who report wrongdoing in workplaces and public places. private and public offices.
The changes will extend legal protection to those who report fraud, bribery and bribery at work in private workplaces, as well as to self-employed, self-employed or even in recruitment situations.
Large organizations are also expected to have suitable structures that facilitate internal and external reporting by whistleblowers.
The EU Directive sets out the requirements of the regulations of the EU Member States with regard to the protection of whistleblowers and disclosures.
The directive deals with the conditions for the protection of whistleblowers; internal, external and public disclosure reporting procedures; the establishment of competent authorities to receive, provide feedback and follow up on reports; and the penalties imposed on those who obstruct or retaliate against whistleblowers.
The law will cover not only the public sector and local councils, but also private sector legal entities with more than 50 workers.
Currently in Malta, the Whistleblower Act applies to government ministries, private companies with more than 250 employees with an annual turnover of more than 50 million euros, and NGOs that collect more than 500,000 euros thanks to public collections and other donations.
Based on a recent study conducted by Transparency International, 56% of Maltese residents believe that corruption cannot be reported without fear of retaliation.