Overview (Program Summary)
Whistleblowers play a key role in uncovering and preventing legal violations and serious misconduct. In the past, however, there was no uniform protection of whistleblowers across the EU. The fear of sanctions and retaliation acted as a discouragement because many jurisdictions provided little or no protection for whistleblowers. The need for a change in the law was evidenced by the various scandals and whistleblower cases that featured in the press.
The new EU Whistleblower Directive, which is intended to provide whistleblowers with greater protection, sets out a legal framework of minimum standards that have to be transposed by the EU member states into national legislation by December 17, 2021.
During this webinar, we will explain this new legal framework and the content of the EU Whistleblower Directive, and we will discuss the impact of this legislative change and the obligations it will impose on companies. We will also be looking at the benefits it brings and providing companies with tips on how to set up an effective internal whistleblowing system.
ACC Europe Introduction: Yves Heijmans, ACC Europe Country Representative, Belgium
Emmanuel Plasschaert, Partner, Crowell & Moring
Stefanie Tack, Counsel, Crowell & Moring