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Italy regulates whistleblowing

The newly-established Italian Counter-Corruption Authority adopted a resolution regulating whistleblowing. The resolution applies only to the public sector.

The name of the whistleblower will not be disclosed unless this is absolutely necessary for the exercise of the right of defense of the accused person. The whistleblower cannot be subject to disciplinary proceedings but can be prosecuted in a Criminal Court for slander, libel or calumny.

Every Administration will have to collect the denunciation of whistleblowers using IT instruments.

Will it work? Many whistleblowers will be reluctant to trust the Civil Service, whose internal investigation procedures do not have a reputation of impartiality and efficiency, especially if you have to contact the very same Administration you are working for.

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