Justice Minister Stefi Drakou has welcomed Thursday’s approval by Parliament of a law on the protection of whistleblowers.
The Minister said the law titled ‘The protection of persons who report violations of EU law and national Law of 2022’ is an important step in cracking down on corruption in the public sector.
Discussions on the legislation date back to 2016 and was finally passed with 49 votes in favour and one against.
It affords state protection to persons reporting corruption in the private and public sectors. Whistleblowers cannot be sacked, or downgraded, and will be protected by police if threatened.
Among others, it covers the reporting of instances where violations of the law jeopardise, or may jeopardise, the safety or health of any person.
The law covers not only the person doing the reporting, but also third parties connected to that person who may suffer reprisals.
This bill is among others related to broader anti-corruption efforts expected to create a strong framework for enhancing transparency in Cyprus.
These focus on the establishment and operation of an Independent Authority against Corruption and Transparency in Public Decision-Making Processes currently pending in Parliament.