The fact that very few of these cases end up in court, much less see a favorable epilogue for those who exposed even very serious wrongdoings, is another reason why whistleblowers additionally face other types of social and professional exclusion, not just from their workplace, but social life as well, and in the end these people, their stories as well as their more than legitimate grievances are obliterated from public memory. However, if do not fix this, Slovenia cannot evolve into a healthier and more prosperous society.
In this spirit, EISEP, an independent expert organization, joined forces with Ivan Gale, currently the most famous Slovenian whistleblower, to constructively contribute to the public debate around whistleblowers, how to better protect them and what is their role in our society. Additionally, we want to reach out to public bodies as well as NGO’s and encourage them to establish more efficient mechanisms for implementing compliance-based ethics at their workplace, which is also a growing trend in Europe and around the world. Last but not least, seeking out professionals who can point out the aspects of the phenomenon of whistleblowing that clearly require specific expertise, brings the necessary counterbalance to this heavily politicized issue.
The Center for the Protection of Whistleblowers also wishes to support Slovenian NGO’s and relevant public bodies that are already doing important work as well as actively participate in generating more awareness around these issues, build a more accurate public image of who the whistleblowers are and why advocacy is so important, which we we hope to achieve primarily through having a dialogue with relevant authorized institutions, setting up various initiatives and suggesting improvements regarding particular and systemic (legislative) solutions.