Whistleblowers play an essential role in any open and transparent
democracy. The recognition they are given and the effectiveness
of their protection in both law and practice against all forms of
retaliation constitute a genuine democracy indicator, and a matter
of fundamental rights (freedom of expression and information). Disclosing
serious failings in the public interest should become the normal
response of every responsible citizen who has become aware of serious
threats to the public interest.
The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights welcomes the
proposal for a European directive on the subject and recommends
that all member States, including those which are not, or not yet,
members of the European Union, to draw on the text in adopting or
reforming their domestic legislation.
Lastly, it calls on the Committee of Ministers to begin the
process of negotiating a Council of Europe convention on the protection
of whistleblowers, drawing on the proposal for a European directive
and the work of the Parliamentary Assembly, in particular the practical
proposals made in the draft resolution submitted by the committee,
seeking to improve the protection of whistleblowers all over Europe.