Representative of the Office got familiar with the international practice of protection of whistleblowers

On 20–21 of June, the Adviser Giedrė Litvinaitytė attended the conference held by the International Whistleblowing Research Network in Utrecht (the Kingdom of the Netherlands). Representatives from Ireland, Australia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and the Republic of South Africa made presentations at the conference.

International practice of protection of whistleblowers was presented at the event, i.e. whistleblower protection policies of such large organizations as banks, other financial institutions and trade unions, and gave an overview of key issues related to policy implementation, also presenting practices of public institutions that help implement whistleblower protection from different countries. The experience of these institutions has revealed that protecting whistleblowers from negative influences of others was the most difficult.

Currently the problem of whistleblower protection is also relevant in Lithuania. The Law on Protection of Whistleblowers took effect on 1 January 2019, aiming to provide adequate opportunities for whistleblowing. This year, one employee from a higher education and research institution having reported potential violations was granted whistleblower protection.