David Casa nom­i­nated rap­por­teur on whis­tle-blow­ers

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

“Whis­tle-blow­ers are key in our fight against cor­rup­tion, money laun­der­ing and abuse of power,” said MEP David Casa soon after he was nom­i­nated rap­por­teur of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment re­port en­ti­tled Le­git­i­mate mea­sures to pro­tect whis­tle-blow­ers act­ing in the pub­lic in­ter­est when dis­clos­ing the con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion of com­pa­nies and pub­lic bod­ies.

The Head of the PN del­e­ga­tion is ex­pected to start dis­cus­sions in earnest with MEPs of all po­lit­i­cal hues as the need to legally pro­tect whis­tle-blow­ers was laid bare by rev­e­la­tions of the Panama Pa­pers.

“A vast num­ber of MEPs, vir­tu­ally from all the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum, are en­raged by the ex­tent of which po­lit­i­cally ex­posed per­sons are will­ing to go in or­der to hide their il­licit pro­ceeds.

“Clearly MEPs feel the need to pro­vide le­gal pro­tec­tion to whis­tle-blow­ers at EU level.

“If whis­tle-blow­ers leak in­for­ma­tion in the pub­lic in­ter­est they should be pro­tected from pros­e­cu­tion, reprisals and threats.

“They, to­gether with jour­nal­ists, are key play­ers in up­hold­ing democ­racy,” said David Casa MEP.

The vote on the Com­mit­tee opin­ion is ex­pected early next year.

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