Note: this message is updated as the situation evolves.
In 2014 the Council of Europe asked for whistleblower protection
https://rm.coe.int/16807096c8 (full document, 50 pages, in french, see principle 5 related to national security and cites Tshwane principles)
- Virginie Rozière is commissioned to produce a report published in may,
- amended in july
- voted by the Committee on Legal Affairs agenda October 2nd, 2017
- 24 October 2017 in plenary session in Strasbourg, the European Parliament adopted a text on Legitimate measures to protect whistle-blowers acting in the public interest
- the European Commission may (or may not) start working on a directive. It is obliged (??? reference ???) to answer the request for a European directive voted by the European Parliament.
- Why should the European Union protect whistleblowers?
- Eurocadres monthly meetings about actions and updates of the progress of the writing of the directive
- April 23rd 2018, a draft of the directive is announced
- June 25th JURI report handed in translation
- July 9th or 10th July JURI report is presented (in theory, it means that the period for submitting amendments will be in July)
- October 9th or 10th JURI vote
- November/December Plenary
The proposed directive may or may not match with the European Parliament report. In the end the Parliament will get to vote on the directive and if it diverges too much from what is in the report, there is a good chance it will be voted down. The most important incentive for the European Commission to work on a directive is the 2014 resolution from the Council of Europe: it is not something that can be conveniently overlooked.