Whistle-blowing


One of the main obstacles to curbing corruption is its very low visibility (latency), which is partly due to potential whistleblowers’ concerns about retaliation. In order to address such worries, the Government’s Corruption Prevention Programme offers enhanced protection for whistle-blowing.

The essence of protection for whistle-blowing is to provide an appropriate forum and protection for those pointing out instances of misconduct and deficiencies in the operation of an organisation. Whistle-blowers act in the interest of a community, i.e. ultimately in the interest of us all, rather than their own; accordingly, they rightfully expect enhanced protection in return against potential retaliation. Based on the Public Administration’s Corruption Prevention Programme, procedural rules and institutions for receiving and verifying reports from whistle-blowers and for protecting whistle-blowers need to be laid down and established at state, branch and organisational levels.

As regards the organisational structure of ministries, based on the reports received by the central whistle-blowing protection system and the reports submitted directly about the corruption risks and corruption cases affecting ministries and subordinate organs, mechanisms capable of receiving, processing and internally investigating formal (official) requests and of preventing any adverse discrimination against whistle-blowers must be established. In order to increase the credibility of the government’s commitment to fighting corruption, it is essential that the Government itself should have a report management infrastructure in place. Certain international experience reveals that whistle-blowers prefer relying on the reporting opportunities available within the organisations themselves, so this measure may also help increase the rate of revealed corruption cases
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The preparation of a new regulation regarding whistle-blowing reports scheduled for submission to the Parliament in May 2013 began in the autumn of 2012 with the involvement of civil partners and organs of public administration.

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