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Strong conclusions on reporting culture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has commissioned a study on its internal reporting culture. The conclusions and recommendations are worded diplomatically but they are quite harsh.
Letter from Senate on whistleblowers at NPO
On the 24th of January 2023, the Senate passed the Dutch Whistleblower Protection Act without further discussion. Then, on the 3rd of February, they sent a letter to the minister asking for further explanation of the law in response to questions from employees at NPO, the Dutch public broadcasting organization. A strange course of action.
Whistleblower Protection Act now in force
On the 18th of February, the Whistleblower Protection Act came into force. From now on, legal entities of 250 employees or more must have adapted their whistleblowing procedure and have designated one or more independent persons to receive and/or follow up on whistleblower reports. This also applies to all parties in the financial sector and all organisations required to comply with anti-money laundering legislation, regardless of their size. Legal entities with 50-249 employees still have until the 17th of December to prepare for this.
New report House for Whistleblowers
In December 2022, the House for Whistleblowers published a report on an investigation into wrongdoing at a government agency. The House concluded that public money was handled in a careless and unlawful manner and this lead to wrongdoing that affected the public interest.