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Czech Republic: Whistleblowing bill re-introduced

The Minister of Justice, Pavel Blažek, announced on, 29 April 2022, the submission of the new draft Bill on the Protection of Whistleblowers to the interdepartmental proceedings and invited the public to provide their comments on the bill within 20 days of the submission. In particular, the bill seeks to transpose the Directive on the Protection of Persons who Report Breaches of Union Law (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) ('the Whistleblowing Directive'), following the failure of the original bill no. 1150/0, which was introduced to the Chamber of Deputies in May 2021, but halted due to general elections and criticisms.

Moreover, although the bill is based on its predecessor bill, the current bill proposes several changes that bring a new perspective on the process of whistleblower protections, for example explicit regulation of anonymous notification and an increase in the threshold for the mandatory introduction of the notification system. Additionally, the bill's scope is not restricted to situations fulfilling obligations in areas regulated by EU law, for example consumer protection, public procurement regulation, environmental protection, or personal data protection, but also all criminal offenses under the Criminal Code Act No. 40/2009.

Furthermore, the bill is set to take effect from 1 July 2023 and proposes the following provisions:

  • reporting modalities and common reporting provisions, which entail an obligation to maintain confidentiality;
  • reporting through internal channels;
  • protective measures;
  • support and remedial measures; and
  • penalties.

You can download the bill here and read the announcement here, both only available in Czech.