Czechia to pay CZK 54 million fine to EU for not applying whistle-blower directive

Czechia has been issued a CZK 54 million fine for not yet applying EU rules for protecting whistle-blowers who report on corruption and other illegal activities, Czech Radio reported on Tuesday, stating that this has now been confirmed by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The deadline for applying the EU directive ran out last December.

Martin Smolek, the Director General for Legal and Consular Affairs at the Foreign Ministry said that i tis almost certain that the country will have to pay the fine. It is the first time in history that the country has received a fine from the EU for such an offense.