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Whistleblower Protections (LV0033)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Latvia National Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Active

Institutions

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 Areas

Capacity Building, Civic Space, Whistleblower Protections

IRM Review

IRM Report: Latvia Design Report 2017-2019

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Public Accountability

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

PROMOTING EFFICIENT LIFTING MECHANISM
FOR SETTING UP ALARM
DEADLINE:
2017 2 pusgads- 2019 1st half
WHAT ARE THE STATE AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST ISSUES WHICH HELPS MEETING THIS
COMMITMENT?
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".
View: http://providus.lv/article_files/3299/original/OGPidejuApkopojumsFINAL.pdf?1490952718
6th
COMMITMENT
LATVIAN OPEN MANAGEMENT THIRD NATIONAL ACTION PLAN 32
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
whistleblowing issues.
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
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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
areas.
35 OGP. "Assessing OGP Values for Relevance".
See "responsibility" (in English. - public accountability) Glossary:
https://www.opengovpartnership.org/sites/default/files/attachments/OGPvaluesguidancenote.pdf
LATVIAN OPEN MANAGEMENT THIRD NATIONAL ACTION PLAN 33
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
INTERMEDIATE OBJECTIVES
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
INVOLVED
School of Public Administration
MEASURE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF RELEVANT PARTNERS
Association "Transparency International Latvia"
Latvian Free Trade Union


Latvia's Commitments

  1. Public Participation in Decision-Making

    LV0028, 2017, Capacity Building

  2. e-Legal Services

    LV0029, 2017, E-Government

  3. Open Data

    LV0030, 2017, E-Government

  4. Lobbying Transparency

    LV0031, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Budget Transparency

    LV0032, 2017, E-Government

  6. Whistleblower Protections

    LV0033, 2017, Capacity Building

  7. Ethics in Public Management

    LV0034, 2017, Capacity Building

  8. Zero Bureaucracy

    LV0035, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  9. Open Public Procurement

    LV0036, 2017, E-Government

  10. Transparency in State Management

    LV0037, 2017, E-Government

  11. Beneficial Owenrship

    LV0038, 2017, Beneficial Ownership

  12. Evidence-Based Governance

    LV0039, 2017, Capacity Building

  13. Starred commitment Concept Note on Publishing Data

    LV0018, 2015, Open Data

  14. Portal Drafting Legislature and Development of Planning Documents

    LV0019, 2015, E-Government

  15. Platform Unifying Gov. Webpages

    LV0020, 2015, E-Government

  16. Starred commitment Transparency of Selecting Candidates for the Boards and Councils of Public Entity Enterprises

    LV0021, 2015, Legislation & Regulation

  17. Supervising Officials Responsible of Public Resources

    LV0022, 2015, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  18. Sustainable Model of Financing NGOs

    LV0023, 2015, Civic Space

  19. Starred commitment Online Collection of Signatures on Referenda

    LV0024, 2015, E-Government

  20. Draft Law on Protecting Whistleblowers

    LV0025, 2015, Whistleblower Protections

  21. Assessment of the System of the Financing Political Parties

    LV0026, 2015,

  22. Code of Ethics and a Public Administration Employee’S Handbook for Public Sector

    LV0027, 2015, Capacity Building

  23. NGO Fund

    LV0001, 2012, Capacity Building

  24. Strengthen Social Partners

    LV0002, 2012, Public Participation

  25. Trade Union Law

    LV0003, 2012, Civic Space

  26. NGO Co-Working

    LV0004, 2012, Civic Space

  27. Public Engagement Model

    LV0005, 2012, Public Participation

  28. Internet Access Points

    LV0006, 2012, E-Government

  29. Public Service Assessment

    LV0007, 2012, Public Service Delivery

  30. Enhancing e-services

    LV0008, 2012, E-Government

  31. Transport e-services

    LV0009, 2012, E-Government

  32. Asset Disclosure

    LV0010, 2012, Asset Disclosure

  33. Lobbying Law

    LV0011, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  34. Whistleblower Protection

    LV0012, 2012, Whistleblower Protections

  35. Public Subsidy Control

    LV0013, 2012, Private Sector

  36. State Owned Enterprises Management

    LV0014, 2012, Private Sector

  37. Single Platform for Government Websites and Information

    LV0015, 2012, E-Government

  38. Online Broadcasting From the Cabinet and Parliament

    LV0016, 2012, E-Government

  39. Website For Public Participation

    LV0017, 2012, E-Government