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Italy: Council of Ministers transposes Whistleblowing Directive

The Council of Ministers announced, on 9 December 2022, that it had adopted the legislative decree to transpose into Italian law the Directive on the Protection of Persons who Report Breaches of Union Law (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) ('the Whistleblowing Directive'). In particular, the Council of Ministers reminded that the Whistleblowing Directive regulates the protection of whistleblowers, both in the private and public sector, within the EU, highlighting that its scope is limited to breaches of EU law in the areas expressly mentioned, such as public procurement, financial services, privacy, and network and information system security.

Subsequently, the Italian Anti-Corruption Authority ('ANAC') issued, on 9 December 2022, a press release, in which it welcomed the transposition of the Whistleblowing Directive into Italian law. Specifically, the President of ANAC, Giuseppe Busia, stressed the importance of strengthening the ANAC's powers and the enlargement of scope of application of the whistleblowers legislation in Italy, as provided by the Whistleblowing Directive.

You can read the Council of Ministers press release here and the ANAC press release here, both only available in Italian.

UPDATE (13 January 2023)

Legislative decree transmitted to Senate and Chamber of Deputies

The Senate and the Chamber of Deputies Study Services published, on 20 December 2022, a report on the legislative decree to transpose into Italian law the Whistleblowing Directive. In particular, the report notes that the competent commissions of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies are called to give their opinion on the legislative decree by 19 January 2023. In addition, the report provides a breakdown of the provisions of the legislative decree.

Separately, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies published, on 9 December 2022, the text of the legislative decree, as transmitted by the Government.

You can read the report here, and the legislative decree, transmitted to the Senate and Chamber of Deputies respectively, here and here, all only available in Italian.