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Whistleblowing. New legal obligations imposed on companies to ensure a healthy business environment
Whistleblowing and how the business environment can avoid major property sanctions, in an article signed by two of our lawyers specializing in criminal law. In October 2019, the European Council approved Directive (EU) 2019/1937 on the protection of persons reporting certain crime offences, and by 2021 Romania will have to transpose the directive into national law. Adopting and implementing effective whistleblowing systems, addressing all members of the company and targeting a wide range of conforming behaviours, is not only a recommendation for the private sector, but will soon become a legal obligation to avoid significant property sanctions imposed by the authorities.
Transparency International recently stated that in 2020, there is no justification on leaving the whistleblowers unprotected. The message was addressed to both the authorities and the business environment. A whistleblower is a person who provides information about certain illegal, incorrect or unethical conduct within a private or public company.
The same press release stated that recent global events have shown that the biggest challenges of today’s society can only be solved if mistakes or violations of the law are reported and the truth is exposed. The world is facing the combined threats of a global pandemic, global warming, exacerbated by systemic corruption.
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