Czechia: Ministry of Justice issues statement on ECHR judgement on criteria for whistleblower protection
On August 9, 2023, the Ministry of Justice of Czechia published a statement regarding the European Court of Human Rights' (ECHR) judgement in Halet v. Luxembourg (21884/18) of May 5, 2021. The ECHR held that the scope of the term whistleblowing covers not only the reporting of illegal conduct, but also of legal conduct which bears the potential of harming the public interest.
More specifically, the Ministry of Justice recalled that in the present case, the complainant was an employee of a private auditing and consulting company, who drew attention to the practices of so-called tax optimization in favor of large multinational companies, which were legal under Luxembourg law. However, the ECHR found that there was a legitimate public interest in reporting such behavior.