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.