EU actions against organised crime should include comprehensive whistleblower protection

Brussels, 17/09/2013. The European Parliament’s CRIM special committee voted today to develop a legislative framework for combating organised crime, corruption and money laundering at EU level, at the same time insisting that existing EU legislation is properly enforced.

Sophisticated criminals and criminal networks deploy advanced technologies and exploit EU Member States’ different laws to further their own aims, in the process penetrating and corrupting the social fabric of much of the EU. The impact might not always be quantifiable but it is certainly tangible, with a cost to the global economy amounting to billions of euros every year (CRIM).

The report calls on Member States to strengthen their agreements on judicial and police cooperation, and to develop specific strategies to ensure that their intelligence services, police and investigative authorities, together with Europol, facilitate information exchange.

CRIM Chairperson Sonia Alfano (ALDE) said that, “Ensuring due protection to witnesses and informers is a first step to attack the culture behind these phenomena.” The report calls on the Commission to submit by the end of 2013 a legislative proposal establishing an effective and comprehensive European whistleblowers protection programme in the public and in the private sector.

The report also recommends that Member States provide in their respective penal codes a provision on ineligibility for election applicable to persons convicted of organised crime, money laundering and corruption.