A European statute for whistleblowers

Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 15:00



Corruption, environment, finance, health and mass surveillance: protect whistleblowers to protect our democracies!

For denouncing so-called sensitive information employees face shattered career. They often find themselves alone. Within the European Union, with very few exceptions, those who act for the common good are poorly protected.

How to help these ordinary women and men who break the law of silence? How to protect them from threats and pressures? How to enable Europeans to do their citizenship duty without risking losing everything?

This conference will bring together academics, representatives of the European Commission, the office of the European Ombudsman and European organizations supporting whistleblowers to discuss the best possible protection and the possibility of a European statute for whistleblowers.


Welcome remarks by MEP Benedek JÁVOR


Keynote speech by videoconference by Julian ASSANGE, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks and Sarah HARRISON, Acting Director, Courage Foundation, the WikiLeaks member who accompanied Edward Snowden to Russia

Panel I - Comparative approach. Toward a European statute for whistleblowers?

Chaired by MEP Benedek JÁVOR

- Akila TALEB-KARLSSON, Lecturer in private law and criminal sciences, University of Toulon

- Rosita AGNEW, Own-Initiative Inquiry Coordinator, Ombudsman's office

- Anabela GAGO, European Commission, DG HOME, Head of unit Organised crimes


Panel II - Stakes of whistle-blowing. Whistleblowers and democracy

Chaired by MEP Eva JOLY

- Sophie BINET, UGICT Deputy Secretary General and Representative of Pila, International Plateform for whistleblowers, France

- Gábor VÁGÓ, BeVéd, Hungary

- Anna MYERS, Senior lawyer, Public concern at work, Director of the Whistleblowing International Network, UK



Concluding remarks by MEP Eva Joly

The Greens/European Free Alliance