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(12 March 2019) - Today the European Parliament and the Member States reached a provisional agreement on new rules that will “guarantee a high level of protection” for whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law.

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The new rules cover a wide reach of areas of EU law, including anti-money laundering and corporate taxation, data protection, protection of the Union's financial interests, food and product safety and environmental protection and nuclear safety.

Moreover, Member States are free to extend these rules to other areas. The Commission encourages them to establish comprehensive frameworks for whistleblower protection based on the same principles.

This provisional agreement now has to be formally approved by both the European Parliament and the Council.

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