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Whistleblowing in Italy: The EU Directive and the Severino Law

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  1. For anyone responsible for:
    • Workplace whistleblowing systems
    • Anti-Corruption Law 190 (the Severino Law) compliance
    • Law No. 179/2017
  2. What you'll learn:
    • The key differences between current Italian legislation and the EU Whistleblower Protection Directive
    • What those differences mean for affected organisations
    • How to begin preparing for the December 2021 deadline
  3. Page length:
    4 pages

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The EU member states, including Italy, have until December 17, 2021, to transpose the EU Whistleblower Protection Directive into national law. Italy, unlike many of its European counterparts, already has established whistleblowing laws in place, but these are fragmented and will need to be aligned and updated to reflect the new Directive. Italian organisations with more than 250 employees will be required to comply with the updated rules by the end of 2021.

This article will summarise the main differences between the current public and private sector regulations, and the EU Directive, as well as what preparations organisations should be making now.