On 7 October 2019, the European Parliament adopted a new Directive on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law. It applies to virtually all areas of economic activity, ranging from public procurement to public health or the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.

As specified in the Directive’s preamble, whistle-blower protection is currently fragmented across Member States and uneven across policy areas. The Directive’s purpose is therefore to impose common minimum standards in this area across the Union, in order to promote any report of breaches of Union law.