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Belgium: Council of Ministers approves decree on competent authorities for implementation of whistleblowing draft law for private sector

The Council of Ministers approved, on 13 January 2023, a draft Royal Decree designating the competent authorities to receive reports of violations of Union or national law within a legal entity in the private sector ('the Draft Royal Decree'). In particular, the Law on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law or national law found within a legal entity in the private sector already transposes into national law the majority of the Directive on the Protection of Persons who Report Breaches of Union Law (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) ('the Whistleblowing Directive'). Moreover, the Draft Royal Decree completes this transposition by designating the authorities entitled to receive external alerts of violations and competent to investigate and follow-up on the alerts, as well as to issue sanctions.

The Draft Royal Decree has been submitted to the King for signature.

You can read the press release here and the Draft Royal Decree here, both only available in French and Dutch.