Whistleblower will receive material reward: Ukraine has chosen American model of whistleblowing

29.08.2019

 Draft bills on Whistleblowers provide a material reward to the Whistleblower in the amount of 10% of the amount recovered by the government or the amount of the bribe. This is the American model of whistleblowing and it is the most acceptable for Ukraine.

 

It was stated by the expert of the Innovation and Development Foundation (IDF) Ukraine, one of the co-authors of the bills on Whistleblowers Liudmyla Arakhamia.

 

As the analysis of the situation has shown, the American model of whistleblowing is the most acceptable in Ukrainian realities, unlike the European model, where reporting corruption is a civic duty.
A person who reports a suspicion of illegal behavior must not only have strong state protection, but also financial compensation for the time he/she spends while testifying in the courts and actively assisting law enforcement agencies in investigating a corruption offense.

Liudmyla Arakhamia

It should be reminded that on August 19, under the leadership of Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Ruslan Riaboshapka representatives of public organizations and international partners of Ukraine discussed changes made to the legislation on Whistleblowers and how to root out corruption. The discussion was held in the Office of the President of Ukraine.

 

“Whistleblowers who report large-scale corruption schemes that cause significant damage to the state will be encouraged by material remuneration. In addition, the state will guarantee them protection from harassment for disclosure of such information, restoration of violated labor and other rights, confidentiality, as well as establishing responsibility in cases of prosecution of Whistleblowers ”, adds the Deputy Head of the President's Office.

 

The co-authors of a bills are representatives of the Institute of Applied Humanitarian Research, the Innovation and Development Foundation (IDF), USAID project “ The Support to Anti-Corruption Champion Institutions ” (SACCI).

 

Relevant bills prepared considering the election commitments of Volodymyr Zelensky, will be submitted by the President as urgent for parliamentary consideration.