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Belgium: Council of Ministers approves draft whistleblowing bill implementing EU Whistleblowing Directive

The Council of Ministers approved, on 25 February 2022, during a videoconference on the same date, a draft law on the protection of persons notifying of violations of the law of the European Union or Belgian law within a public body, transposing the Directive on the Protection of Persons who Report Breaches of Union Law (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) ('the Whistleblowing Directive'). In particular, the approval of the draft law followed a proposal by the Minister of Economy, Pierre-Yves Dermagne. More specifically, the draft law requires legal entities within the private sector with over 50 employees to implement reporting procedures and channels to ensure that employees may report violations and that companies follow up on such reports. Although the draft law encourages internal reporting, it is not required, and the draft law also requires companies to provide channels for external reporting to relevant authorities. In addition, the Federal Institute for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights would act as the lead authority for implementing measures which would benefit whistleblowers.

The draft bill law has been transmitted to the Council of State for its opinion.

You can read the press release, only available in French here and in Dutch here.