The law was supported by 70 parliamentarians, with nine abstentions.
Under the law, from the moment of blowing a whistle on corruption, the whistleblower should be protected against disciplinary measures, dismissal, demotion, transfer to a different work position or any other actions, such as intimidation, harassment, reprisal, reduction of salary, change of work hours, etc.
The ban on the actions would be in effect for two years after the final decision in the investigation of the information provided by the person. The law also envisages a possibility to exempt the whistleblowers who was involved in the violations but later reported them to the authorities.
The Lithuanian office of the non-governmental organization Transparency International says that the law meets the key requirements for whistleblower protection, however, notes a risk of indirectly assigning the protection of such persons to prosecutors only.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is confident that the country’s special services will not interfere with “economic processes” at Orlen Lietuva, Achema and Telia Lietuva after these services have been allowed to vet large deals by the three privately-owned companies. […]