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Germany is opposed to better protection of whistleblowers in the EU

BTo protect whistleblowers in the EU, Germany opposes requests from the European Parliament for more security for those affected. The Ministry of Justice of Katarina Barley (EPD) insists that the negotiations between the EU Member States and the Parliament, currently conducted in Brussels, together with other countries require that whistleblowers comply with a notification procedure in three stages and only in the last step may be made public. This appears from a paper from the Foreign Office, which is available for the German press agency. On the other hand, Parliament wants whistleblowers to vote for themselves if they report abuse.

In April 2018, after several scandals such as the Facebook leak or the Panama Papers, which had only become known through whistleblowers, the European Commission made a proposal to better protect whistleblowers. For whistleblowers, however, this initially means an internal complaints procedure within their own company before they can turn to a government agency in the second step. Only then should they be able to turn to the public, for example to the media.

For Germany, France and three other states, the deviation from the three-step procedure is "a very red line" according to the paper, while other countries showed some concession in the negotiations. Also in their general orientation, the EU member states had agreed on the tripartite system in January.

"Minister Katarina Barley of Justice is blocking the best possible protection for whistleblowers in Europe," said Green Member of Parliament Sven Giegold dpa. Barley must pave the way for full protection – regardless of the internal complaint. On Tuesday evening the search for a compromise between EU countries and parliament failed, next week the negotiators want to renegotiate.

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