3· Democratic society thrives on transparency and openness, which makes it necessary to4protect those who draw attention to irregularities which serve the public interest.
5· The currently missing legal bases and the unclear jurisdiction make it almost impossible for6informants to draw attention towards infringements, corruptions or other wrongdoings in 7enterprises or authorities.
8· The case of Edward Snowden showed that there can be situations in which single countries9have to fear massive economic and political difficulties if they provide asylum to whistleblowers.
11- In 2011, the European Court of Human Rights determined that the termination without notice12of an employee on the basis of the publication of irregularities at her employer's company has 13been a violation of the Human Rights Convention.
15- A fair balance between the public information interest on one side and the protection of16commercial interests or possible state secrets on the other side is of crucial importance.
17The European Liberal Youth calls for:
18- A legal framework which states that employees who witness irregularities must first turn to19their employer or a comparable body which capable of finding an internal solution to the problem. 20If the irregularity is not removed on the basis of this solution, employees should be allowed to 21turn towards a competent external authority. Also, in this case, the employee should have the 22right to make the matter public if the public interest regarding the information prevails 23considerably in comparison with the interest of the business to keep their matters private and if 24the personal rights of individuals are not violated in the process. An analogue regulation should 25be enacted for civil servants and enable them to turn towards a competent external authority 26without going through the internal official channels of the authority. These legislative changes can 27be made in the according national law, but should be coordinated and monitored on the 28European level.
29- In specifically difficult cases, the European Union should be enabled to provide asylum to30whistleblowers as a representative of the member states. Member states taking whistleblowers 31into their countries can then be certain to receive solidarity from the other member states.
32- An international convention for the protection of whistleblowers. Inspired by the United33Nations Convention for Refugees, states should be obligated to take whistleblowers under their 34wing, if they must fear criminal prosecution in their home countries due to their disclosure of 35relevant irregularities.
Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Spring Congress 05. - 07. April 2019.