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Germany: CDU/CSU confirms submission of bill to transpose Whistleblowing Directive by Ministry of Justice

The CDU/CSU Coalition in the Parliament ('Bundestag') announced, on 6 April 2022, that the Ministry of Justice had submitted to the departmental vote a bill to transpose the Directive on the Protection of Persons who Report Breaches of Union Law (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) ('the Whistleblowing Directive') into German law. In particular, the legal policy spokesman of the CDU/CSU, Prof. Dr. Günter Krings, noted that the bill appears to go beyond the requirements established by the Whistleblower Directive, covering all offences punishable by law, including minor infringements.

In addition, Krings highlighted that the bill was submitted only after the initiation of the infringement proceedings against Germany by the European Commission, and noted that the bill would therefore have been more urgent to process than other bills recently submitted by the Ministry.

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