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Verfahren : 2013/0402(COD)
Werdegang im Plenum
Entwicklungsstadium in Bezug auf das Dokument : A8-0199/2015

Eingereichte Texte :

A8-0199/2015

Aussprachen :

PV 13/04/2016 - 22
CRE 13/04/2016 - 22

Abstimmungen :

PV 14/04/2016 - 7.7
CRE 14/04/2016 - 7.7

Angenommene Texte :

P8_TA(2016)0131

Plenardebatten
Mittwoch, 13. April 2016 - Straßburg Überprüfte Ausgabe

22. Schutz von Geschäftsgeheimnissen vor rechtswidrigem Erwerb sowie rechtswidriger Nutzung und Offenlegung (Aussprache)
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  Julia Reda, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group . Madam President, the Panama Papers, Dieselgate, LuxLeaks: what do these scandals have in common? There are two things: 1. they uncovered secret corporate activities that the public had a right to know about; 2. companies used trade secrets laws to fight against their exposure, threaten journalists and go after whistle-blowers.

This directive will expand corporate secrecy and, contrary to the claims of some previous speakers, it will endanger and deter whistle-blowers and investigative journalists. Those are not just my concerns. I am joined in these assessments by many of the people most affected. The French journalists’ union says that it resembles a blanket right to corporate secrecy. The editorial committees of the German public broadcasters say that it will intimidate journalists and hinder editorial work. The LuxLeaks whistle-blower Antoine Deltour says it will not protect cases like this leak of massive tax avoidance. These voices cannot be ignored. I would like to remind you that this Parliament awarded Mr Deltour the European Citizens’ Prize just last year for his contributions. We must not now turn around and dismiss his concerns. We must not put more whistle-blowers in court or discourage them from coming forward in the first place.

Dear colleagues, let us postpone the vote on this directive until we have actually seen a whistle-blower protection law presented by the Commission. I do not think that simply asking for it without putting on any pressure is going to do any good. I would welcome it if the Commissioner were to prove me wrong on this. There is absolutely no urgency about going ahead with a vote tomorrow. The unintended consequences if we do, however, promise to be dire. Let me tell you: European voters will not understand if two weeks after important revelations we respond to the Panama Papers by strengthening corporate secrecy. We must get the balance right, and this directive at this point clearly does not.

 
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