10 -11 May 2016, Zagreb, Croatia: Countries in South East Europe are currently amongst the most active in establishing whistleblower protection systems. Thus, they share a high common interest in exchanging their experiences, good practices as well as challenges.
In their support, the Centre for Security Cooperation (RACVIAC), the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI), the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) joined forces to organise a regional capacity building workshop. UNODC assisted the initiative by sending a specialist on whistleblower protection as resource person.
All 9 participating States parties have finalised their UNCAC Implementation Reviews. 8 of them received recommendations to strengthen whistleblower protection in accordance with article 33 of UNCAC. As a response to assist States parties in the implementation of article 33 of UNCAC, UNODC launched in 2015 a Resource Guide on Good Practices in the Protection of Reporting Persons and is currently conducting several regional training events next to participating in events of other organisations. Such regional initiatives are backed-up by more focused supported at the national level, for instance, on drafting whistleblower legislation.
Participants in the workshop presented and discussed their reform efforts, actual cases as well as proposals how to enhance whistleblower protection and regional cooperation further. All expressed their wish to establish an annual platform for exchange, including on whistleblower protection. States parties had also requested UNODC to provide more support in the field of whisteblower protection as reflected in the new Regional Programme for South East Europe 2016-2019.