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Slovenia: Whistleblower protection act enters into force

The Ministry of Justice announced, on 22 February 2023, the entry into force of the Act on the Protection of Whistleblowers ('ZZPri') implementing the Directive on the Protection of Persons who Report Breaches of Union Law (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) ('the Whistleblowing Directive'). In particular, the ZZPri was published in the Official Gazette, on 7 February 2023, following its adoption by the National Assembly.

More in detail, the Ministry explained that the first part of the ZZPri sets out measures to protect persons who report a violation in their work environment, whilst also establishing additional obligations for taxpayers in the public and private sectors. Further, the Ministry noted the deadlines for organisations to establish an internal reporting system, namely:

  • until 23 May 2023, for taxpayers in the public sector and for taxpayers in the private sector with more than 250 employees; and
  • until 17 December 2023, for taxpayers in the private sector with between 50 and 249 employees.

Moreover, the Ministry explained that the second part of the ZZPri provides for a prohibition of retaliatory measures, as well as regulating safeguards to assist whistleblowers.

You can read the press release here and the ZZPri, as published in the Official Gazette, here, both only available in Slovenian.