Cyprus votes whistleblowing bill into law
On 20 January 2022, the Cyprus Parliament passed a bill transposing into national law the provisions of the EU Whistleblower Directive 2019/1937 (the Directive), referred to as the “The Protection of Persons Reporting Violations of the EU and National Law 2022” (the Law). The Law came into force on 4 February 2022, when it was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic.
A statement released by the Minister of Justice and Public Order on 20 January 2022 (Statement) welcomed the adoption of the bill. In particular the Minister stated that “with the passage of the bill for the protection of persons who report violations of the law and in particular possible acts of corruption, a powerful security mechanism has been created, in order to encourage employees to report and provide relevant information they obtain in their work environment and that employees in Cyprus who file complaints to the competent authority on a case-by-case basis will enjoy full protection, and no person will be subject to retaliation, such as dismissal, harassment, and a negative change in their working conditions”.
Furthermore, according to the Statement, the Law is part of the broader anti-corruption effort and is part of a broader proposed legislative framework seeking to create a strong framework for enhancing transparency.
The Law (in Greek) can be found here.
The Directive can be found here.
The Statement, available in Greek, can be found here.