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European Commission

Petition

Whistleblowers in the EU must be protected!
We call on you to urgently propose an EU-wide legislation on the protection of whistleblowers acting in the public interest, and extending the protection to a broad scope of groups and areas of activities in the private and public sectors.

Why is this important?

When Antoine Deltour,  the then 28-year-old working at PricewaterhouseCoopers accidentally found evidence of a massive-scale corporate tax evasion facilitated by Luxembourg, he blew the whistle. The scandal exposed by Antoine, known as LuxLeaks, helped put corruption and tax-avoidance on EU’s political agenda.

Antoine is a hero - and whistleblowers like him, brave enough to sound the alarm and warn us of corporate violations, must be protected from retaliation and prosecution. Instead, a court convicted Antoine of stealing trade secrets. [1] While he’s paying the high price for standing up to corporate greed, not even one of the tax-evading firms has faced repercussions.

Whistleblowers like Antoine are essential to keeping powerful corporations and our governments accountable. Whistleblowing can save lives, the environment and money.

Still today, only 5 EU member states have dedicated whistleblower protection - and this is why we urgently need an EU-level law. Without it, whistleblowers will keep paying the steep price for speaking up: sacrificing their career, reputation, freedom and anonymity. Our freedom of expression and right to information must count for more than corporate interests, and blowing the whistle must not be punished, but protected!

The European Commission has the power to propose new strong whistleblower protection in Europe

If thousands of people across Europe raise our voices in solidarity with whistleblowers, we can influence the shape of an EU law which could change the lives of many brave people such as Antoine. Join us in demanding that the EU protects whistleblowers from retaliation and revenge by those who’d rather keep their shady dealings secret. Take action now!

References

[1] #LuxLeaks appeal verdict: tax justice heroes convicted again, http://www.taxjustice.net/2017/03/15/luxleaks-appeal-verdict-tax-justice-heroes-convicted/

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