Bulgaria: Law to transpose EU Whistleblowing Directive adopted by National Assembly
The Commission for Personal Data Protection ('CPDP') announced, on 10 February 2023, that the National Assembly had adopted, on 27 January 2023, the Whistleblower Protection and Public Disclosure Act, which transposes into Bulgarian law the Directive on the Protection of Persons who Report Breaches of Union Law (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) ('the Whistleblowing Directive'). In particular, the CPDP specified that the Act was published in the Official Gazette No. 11 of 2023 and is set to enter into force on 4 May 2023.
Notably, the CPDP highlighted that the Act stipulates obligations to create channels for internal and external submission of whistleblowing reports, and that the CPDP will act as the competent body for external reporting. In this regard, the CPDP noted that the designation of a single central authority is a good mechanism to deal effectively with under-reporting and to improve the application of EU and Bulgarian legislation in all specified areas where violations may seriously harm the public interest.