Democracy and participation, Whistleblowing

European Whistleblowing Advocacy Network (EWAN)


Who is behind this?

Joana Rendelmann, B.A.

Whistleblower-Netzwerk e.V.


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

We aim to assemble a Europe-wide network of advocacy groups of whistleblowers: a European Whistleblowing Advocacy Network (EWAN) with a digital platform for mutual information.
EWN will help to put into effect appropriate whistleblower protection in Europe.
The rights of employees will be strengthened.
Press freedom will benefit.
European civil society can have access to the information needed to deliberate and make their democratic choices, for a transparent and accountable ‚good governance‘.

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin,Germany and partner countries

Why does Europe need your idea?

This project will help put into effect appropriate whistleblower protection in Europe, as repeatedly recommended by the Council of Europe which concluded that whistleblowing serves the public interest.
Democratic participation must be based on an informed society. A lack of information concerning malpractice and illegality adds to the deficit of democracy in Europe. Whistleblowers are instrumental to achieving more transparency and accountability. They should be heard, secured and supported.

What is your impact?

We aim at assembling a Europe-wide network of supporters and advocacy groups of whistleblowers: a European Whistleblowing Advocacy Network (EWAN). We also want to establish a common digital platform for mutual information and participation. With their expertise, the platform may further reach out to governmental bodies, companies and private organisations.

How do you get there?

1.Search out and contact suitable NGOs, advocacy groups and institutions with a noteworthy focus on whistleblowing. The initial investigation to find suitable partners can be done via the internet and expert interview.
2.Research and interviews in several countries to close the remaining investigation gaps mainly in Eastern and South Eastern Europe.
3.Pooling of information once the connection between the relevant groups in Europe is made.
4.Reaching agreements of cooperation, considering the diverse national, cultural, political and legal backgrounds. Proposal of a common agenda e.g.:
-Proceeding towards common legal standards
-Mutual support of national and transnational initiatives
-Publishing of a joint whistleblowing report at EU Level.
5.Design of a digital platform.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

• For every EU-citizen and their Human Rights
• For whistleblowers and those considering whistleblowing
• For journalists and bloggers who need authentic information
• For parliamentarians, politicians and members of the jurisdiction

What makes your idea stand apart?

The information which is available in our civil societies has been restricted by secrecy and confidentiality norms such as trade secret regulations, state secrets and classification claims of governments. In contrast we demand that secrecy itself has to be diminished. The freedom of speech and information and the freedom of the press are Human Rights (>ECHR). It is their restriction which needs to be justified in the light of the public interest every time a whistleblower is sanctioned.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 59000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Office: 3000; Staff/ research for a year: 30000; Website setup: 6000; Travel costs abroad: 15000; Workgroup meetings: 5000

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would appreciate to receive leads and references concerning whistleblowing advocacy groups in Europe.



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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