Whistleblowers who in the course of their work discover a breach of European Union or national law in certain sectors are eligible for whistleblower protection.
Reporting through the Office of the Chancellor of Justice’s reporting channel
Breaches may be reported in writing or verbally. There are several ways for making a report.
Confirmation of receipt
The Office of the Chancellor of Justice sends its notice of receipt within seven days of receiving the report.
Forwarding to the competent authority
The Office of the Chancellor of Justice forwards the report to the competent authority or ministry who investigates it.
Investigation by the competent authority
The competent authority or ministry considers whether the report and whistleblower are covered by the Whistleblower Act. The competent authority or ministry investigates the report and takes the measures it deems necessary to intervene with the breach.
Notification of measures resulting from the report
The competent authority or ministry notifies the whistleblower of the measures taken based on their report.
Before making a report, it is advisable to learn more about the scope of the Whistleblower Act. Primarily, breaches discovered in an organisation’s operations should be reported through the organisation’s internal reporting channel.
Upon the whistleblower’s request, the notice of receipt may be withheld. No notice is sent if sending one would compromise the protection of the whistleblower’s identity.
The Office of the Chancellor of Justice notifies the whistleblower of the final recipient. If the report is not included in the scope of whistleblower protection, it is not forwarded to a competent authority or ministry.