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Czech Republic: Government approves whistleblowing bill

The Ministry of Justice announced, on 23 November 2022, that the Government of the Czech Republic approved the draft Bill on the Protection of Whistleblowers, following the Ministry's submission of the bill to the Government. In particular, the Ministry confirmed that the bill is a draft transposition regulation of the Directive on the Protection of Persons who Report Breaches of Union Law (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) ('the Whistleblowing Directive').

Furthermore, the Ministry noted that the aim of the bill is to ensure protection for a wide range of persons working in the private and public sector in the event that they report illegal conduct that they have learned about in connection with the performance of their work. In essence, the Ministry informed that the following individuals will be protected by the bill:

  • employees and civil servants;
  • business partners of employers;
  • self-employed;
  • interns and volunteers; and
  • persons who will help the whistleblower to report illegal acts

You can read the press release, only available in Czech, here.