Labour MEP for Munster, Phil Prendergast is pushing for amendments to EU law aimed at protecting whistleblowers, curbing corruption and making government calls for tenders more transparent and accountable.
The proposal for a review of the EU Directive on Public Procurement, which sets EU-wide standards for tendering procedures, was discussed at the powerful Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament.
Commenting on her amendment proposals from Brussels, Ms. Prendergast said:
“The current EU law on public procurement dates back to 2004. It brought more transparency and fairness to government contracts all over the EU but we need to do more.
“It is very important to protect whistleblowers. My proposals include measures to protect whistleblowers in public bodies who report wrongdoing from retaliation, to safeguard their privacy and to have adequate procedures in place to allow for good-faith disclosures to emerge in the public interest.
“We have to strengthen public oversight bodies. We must have more publically available information regarding tendering procedures, documents and decisions so as to shed light and act upon conflicts of interest.”