whistleblower protections (LV0033)
Action Plan: Latvia National Action Plan 2017-2019
Action Plan Cycle: 2017
Lead Institution: State Chancellery, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau
Support Institution(s): School of Public Administration MEASURE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF RELEVANT PARTNERS Association "Transparency International Latvia" Latvian Free Trade Union
Policy AreasCapacity Building, Civic Space, Whistleblower Protections
PROMOTING EFFICIENT LIFTING MECHANISM
FOR SETTING UP ALARM
2017 2 pusgads- 2019 1st half
WHAT ARE THE STATE AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST ISSUES WHICH HELPS MEETING THIS
There is little publicly known example, when people in the public interest to report on violations or when such
persons whistleblowing grounds of the adverse effects should be avoided, such as a person should be reinstated.
MK 7 March 2017 approved the draft law "Whistleblower Protection Act." The bill aims to provide
whistleblower protection to promote the public interest whistleblowing irregularities and prevention. The bill
for the first time offered a special legal framework to determine what are the whistleblower, whistleblowing
opportunities and whistleblower protection measures. This applies to both the public and private sectors.
The draft law was submitted to parliament.
Whistleblower protection bill takes into account the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the OECD
standards and recommendations and good practice of other countries. Law assuming Latvia will become one of
the world's countries adopted special whistleblower protection law. Similar laws operating in the US, Australia,
Belgium, France, Estonia, Israel, Ireland, Canada, Korea, the UK, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia,
Hungary and Sweden, while in developing - in Lithuania.
2017 On 17 March, organized a discussion on "open governance: what ambitious targets for the coming years?"
Was asked to plan to cover the event: "Whistleblower protection. Reporting or whistleblowing mechanism for
whistleblowing and cultural development. " 34
Effective whistleblower protection mechanism can facilitate the reporting of violations in the workplace in
both the public and the private sector. This can reduce the distrust of public institutions and to help them to
prevent abuses such as corruption, embezzlement of funds, tax evasion or violations of construction,
public procurement, public health or food security.
34 Getting material "Open Management Partnership Plan 2017-2019: wishlist Latvian challenges".
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Whistleblower protection instrument is also an opportunity to promote cultural exchange - to greater openness and trust in
the workplace, but also tolerance of breaches of legal consciousness and democratically responsible behavior.
WHAT IS COMMITMENT?
Promote effective whistleblowing and whistleblower protection mechanism:
• perform outreach activities that promote awareness of whistleblowing and whistleblower protection;
• promote opportunities to raise the alarm to the competent authorities;
• promote efficient single whistleblowing mechanism for the development and implementation;
• explore best practices, and effectively provide for whistleblower protection.
HOW TO COMMITMENT will be introduced and the solution to these problems?
The commitment will be implemented through measures providing information and promoting analysis and research on
HOW TO MEET COMMITMENT OGP VALUES?
Commitment to comply with the OGP values - responsibility. One of the manifestations of responsibility in accordance with
the value of the OGP guidelines are the mechanisms that allow the public to report violations and obtain redress.
Commitment to responsibility OGP within the meaning of the commitment related to the rights and obligations of the creation
or official institutions and the consequences. 35
Compliance with international obligations
• United Nations Convention against Corruption;
• Council of Europe Recommendation CM / Rec (2014) 7 "Whistleblower Protection";
• OECD recommendations to combat bribery, public administration and corporate governance
35 OGP. "Assessing OGP Values for Relevance".
See "responsibility" (in English. - public accountability) Glossary:
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Linking to other documents
• Parliamentary Investigation Commission information on the Latvian State's conduct in assessing
2013 21 November Zolitūde tragedy causes and future activities carried out in the laws and
regulations and state and local government activity arranging. Chapter 22 "Whistleblower redress
system implementation necessity." 36
1. Association "Transparency International Latvia" information campaign Exhibition on whistleblowing
01.09.2017. - 31.12.2017.
2. International Conference "whistleblowing promotion and whistleblower protection"
01.10.2017. - 31.10.2017.
RESPONSIBLE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES
State Chancellery, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau
OTHER MEASURES IN IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
School of Public Administration
MEASURE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF RELEVANT PARTNERS
Association "Transparency International Latvia"
Latvian Free Trade Union
public participation in decision-making
LV0028, 2017, Capacity Building
LV0029, 2017, E-Government
LV0030, 2017, E-Government
LV0031, 2017, Capacity Building
LV0032, 2017, E-Government
LV0033, 2017, Capacity Building
ethics in public management
LV0034, 2017, Capacity Building
LV0035, 2017, Legislation & Regulation
open public procurement
LV0036, 2017, E-Government
transparency in state management
LV0037, 2017, E-Government
LV0038, 2017, Beneficial Ownership
LV0039, 2017, Capacity Building
Concept note on publishing data
LV0018, 2015, Open Data
Portal drafting legislature and development of planning documents
LV0019, 2015, E-Government
Platform unifying Gov. webpages
LV0020, 2015, E-Government
Transparency of selecting candidates for the boards and councils of public entity enterprises
LV0021, 2015, Legislation & Regulation
Supervising officials responsible of public resources
LV0022, 2015, Anti-Corruption Institutions
Sustainable model of financing NGOs
LV0023, 2015, Civic Space
Online collection of signatures on referenda
LV0024, 2015, E-Government
Draft law on protecting whistleblowers
LV0025, 2015, Whistleblower Protections
Assessment of the system of the financing political parties
Code of ethics and a Public Administration Employee’s Handbook for public sector
LV0027, 2015, Capacity Building
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE INVOLVEMENT OF SOCIETY IN DECISION MAKING: NGO fund
LV0001, 2012, Capacity Building
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE INVOLVEMENT OF SOCIETY IN DECISION MAKING: Strengthen Social Partners
LV0002, 2012, Public Participation
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE INVOLVEMENT OF SOCIETY IN DECISION MAKING: Trade union law
LV0003, 2012, Civic Space
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE INVOLVEMENT OF SOCIETY IN DECISION MAKING: NGO co-working
LV0004, 2012, Civic Space
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE INVOLVEMENT OF SOCIETY IN DECISION MAKING: Public engagement model
LV0005, 2012, Public Participation
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF PUBLIC SERVICE PROVISION : Internet Access Points
LV0006, 2012, E-Government
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF PUBLIC SERVICE PROVISION : Public Service Assessment
LV0007, 2012, Public Service Delivery
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF PUBLIC SERVICE PROVISION : Enhancing e-services
LV0008, 2012, E-Government
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF PUBLIC SERVICE PROVISION : Transport e-services
LV0009, 2012, E-Government
RESTRICTING CORRUPTION : Asset disclosure
LV0010, 2012, Asset Disclosure
RESTRICTING CORRUPTION : Lobbying law
LV0011, 2012, Legislation & Regulation
RESTRICTING CORRUPTION : Whistleblower protection
LV0012, 2012, Whistleblower Protections
RESTRICTING CORRUPTION : Public subsidy control
LV0013, 2012, Private Sector
RESTRICTING CORRUPTION : State owned enterprises management
LV0014, 2012, Private Sector
FACILITATING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND INTRODUCING AN OPEN DATA SYSTEM : Single platform for Government websites and information
LV0015, 2012, E-Government
FACILITATING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND INTRODUCING AN OPEN DATA SYSTEM : Online broadcasting from the Cabinet and Parliament
LV0016, 2012, E-Government
FACILITATING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND INTRODUCING AN OPEN DATA SYSTEM : Website forpublic participation
LV0017, 2012, E-Government