Following the adoption in 2019 by the EU of a new Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law (Whistleblowing Directive), all Member States will be obliged to guarantee a uniform minimum standard of protection to whistleblowers across a wide range of sectors of EU law including public procurement.

The Directive covers both the public and private sectors, and it offers protection to a wide range of potential whistleblowers, as well as individuals who assist them, and other individuals and legal entities connected with them.

This Guide on the EU Directive on Whistleblower Protection is based on the main principles of the Whistleblowing Directive. As well as laying out the common minimum standards for a national whistleblowing law, there are recommendations on how national laws can extend the level of protection to close loopholes and ensure comprehensive protection for anyone who exposes corruption or other wrongdoing.