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Parliamentary questions
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28 June 2019
Answer given by Mr Oettinger on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002035/2019

1. In the last five years, there were three cases in which staff members mentioned a status of whistleblower when filing a request for assistance under Article 24 of the Staff Regulations, or a complaint under its Article 90.

2. The evaluation of the practical application and effectiveness of the Guidelines on Whistleblowing of the European Commission(1) has been carried out in late 2015. Following this evaluation, a report on the review of the guidelines on whistleblowing was drafted in 2016(2). In accordance with the results set out in this review, it was decided that it was not necessary to amend the Guidelines.

3. Managers have been made aware of their role and responsibility through presentations made by the Investigation and Disciplinary Office of the Commission (IDOC) and the Unit responsible for Ethics within the Commission, in which their rights and obligations regarding whistleblowing have been highlighted.

In addition, on 10 November 2017, IDOC organised a one-day conference for an audience of approximately 100 persons, including senior managers, in which the topic of whistleblowing was addressed.

(1)Communication from Vice-President Šefčovič to the Commission on Guidelines on Whistleblowing of 6 December 2012, SEC(2012)679 final.
(2)2016 Report on the Review of the guidelines on whistleblowing.

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