The international initiative “Open Government Partnership” has recognized the implementation of Latvia's regulation governing the whistleblowing as the best practice example in the European region, and has placed the Whistleblowers’ Contact Point of the State Chancellery, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) in its network of leaders.
The “Open Government Partnership” (OGP) is an international initiative aimed at promoting openness, accountability, integrity and public participation. Latvia has been participating in the OGP since 2011. In the light of Latvia’s achievements in implementing the cooperation between public administration and the non-governmental sector, it has been included in the OGP network of leaders. It brings together the public administration authorities and non-governmental organisations from different regions of the world (Latvia has been selected from the European region), which have demonstrated the ability to implement ambitious reforms in the context of open governance. The network of leaders, as experts, in cooperation with the OGP, will share their best practice with other countries to promote the models for governance of a democratic, transparent, inclusive and fair society.
In addition, Latvia needs to continue the process of strengthening the protection of whistleblowers, by establishing safe and easily accessible whistleblowing channels and protecting the whistleblowers’ identities. The State Chancellery together with the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) and the Society for Openness – Delna, is continuing work on improving the Latvian whistleblowing mechanism by advising potential whistleblowers, companies and institutions. Latvia has to take over the European Union Whistleblower Directive by the end of next year.
For more information about whistleblowing, please visit the website: trauksmescelejs.lv