Launch of education campaign on new whistleblower protection law

Belgrade

At a press conference on June 3, 2015, USAID’s Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Project and the Ministry of Justice launched an educational outreach campaign for the new Law on the Protection of Whistleblowers. The campaign will educate the public on important concepts under the new Law to shield whistleblowers from retaliation.

“This law is a real partnership between the state and citizens in the fight against corruption, and to protect public interests,” said Minister of Justice Nikola Selaković. He noted that the “law introduces a special monitoring mechanism in the protection of whistleblowers. This is a big test for our judiciary, and I urge judicial authorities to begin implementation of the new law.”

Chargé d’Affaires Gordon Duguid congratulated the Government of Serbia on this significant achievement, saying that he “hoped that the new law will help Serbia strengthen the rule of law, prevent corruption, and improve public accountability and government transparency. This new law will help Serbian citizens directly, and help contribute to Serbia’s path to European Union accession.”

Jelena Stojanović, a representative from Pištaljka, cited the Whistleblowing International Network when she said that “many international whistleblowing experts have praised Serbia’s new legislation, claiming that it can serve as a model for whistleblowing laws across Europe and the rest of the world.”

During the past five months, USAID and the U.S. Department of Justice, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Academy, have trained nearly 1000 judges across Serbia to prepare them to adjudicate future whistleblowing cases once the law enters into force on June 5, 2015.

For additional information, please contact Dragana Bukvicki, Communication and Outreach Specialist, USAID’s Judicial Reform and Government Accountability Project at +381 64 675 43 03 or d.bukvicki@jrga.org