Parliament rejects proposal to protect corruption whistleblowers

Parliament failed to pass another draft bill proposing the protection for those who report corruption. On June 10, MPs of the ruling Smer party refused the proposal tabled by Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH), while the next day, they turned down the one brought up by the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO).

Parliament failed to pass another draft bill proposing the protection for those who report corruption. On June 10, MPs of the ruling Smer party refused the proposal tabled by Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH), while the next day, they turned down the one brought up by the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO).

OĽaNO MPs wanted to protect, support and award those who report corruption. The goal of the law was to protect corruption whistleblowers from discrimination and punishment in labour-legal and state-employee relations. OĽaNO also proposed to support them by bestowing a state order on them, the SITA newswire wrote.

OĽaNO MPs also proposed the possibility to give them financial awards either amounting to five times the minimum wage, or by giving them a share of recovered lost property.

If the draft bill was approved, the whistleblowers would be entitled to protection and change of identity, or even protection of his family. In case an employee would report corruption, the Labour Inspectorate would pronounce the whistleblower a protected person and the due company would be monitored.

(Source: SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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