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Romania: Chamber of Deputies adopts draft whistleblowing law

The Chamber of Deputies adopted, on 29 June 2022, the draft Law on the Protection of Whistleblowers in the Public Interest with amendments. In particular, the draft law constitutes a general framework for the protection of whistleblowers under public and private law. In particular, the draft law repeals the existing whistleblowing framework, intended to transpose the Directive on the Protection of Persons who Report Breaches of Union Law (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) ('the Whistleblowing Directive'). Among its provisions, the draft law contains general principles, as well as obligations for reporting and follow-up, notably extending protection to anonymous whistleblowers.

Following its adoption, the draft law has been submitted to the Secretary-General for a constitutional review, after which it is expected to be promulgated by the President. Upon promulgation, the draft law is expected to enter into force within three days of publication in the Official Gazette, or on 17 December 2023 in the case of private legal entities with 50 to 249 employees.

You can read the draft law here and track its progress here, both only available in Romanian.