A whistleblowing habitat in southern Europe

WiS-H: Whistleblowing Habitat in Southern Europe project aims to support an enabling environment for whistleblower protection in the Iberian Peninsula.

What is the WiS-H project?

In the Iberian Peninsula, as in the European Union as a whole, whistleblowers have brought to light important irregularities that would have gone unnoticed without their actions.

Spain and Portugal show very similar trends in citizens’ attitudes towards corruption. In these two countries, strengthening whistleblower protection could have a very significant impact on the fight against corruption, irregularities and other breaches of EU law. Both countries also present very similar challenges in implementing national laws that have transposed the EU directive, which could hamper the effective application of EU whistleblower protection rules in these countries, and thus undermine whistleblower protection in the EU as a whole.

In the Iberian Peninsula, as in the European Union as a whole, whistleblowers have brought to light important irregularities that would have gone unnoticed without their actions.

It will be carried out by analysing the whistleblower protection environment in the Iberian Peninsula; facilitating mutual learning, exchange of best practices and cooperation between whistleblowing relevant public authorities and civil society organisations to monitor and support the implementation of EU standards on whistleblower protection; and raising awareness and increasing understanding on the reporting channels and protection measures in Spain and Portugal, while promoting a positive perception of whistleblowers.


The project is designed around three main lines of action:

  • A set of interviews, surveys and data analysis on whistleblowing in Spain and Portugal

  • Two studies (one for Portugal, one for Spain), including targeted recommendations
  • The network will be composed by public authorities, civil society organisations and whistleblowers.

  • Prior to its establishment the team will organise national sessions in each country to pave the way for the engagement of key national stakeholders in the network.

  • The network will work on the elaboration of targeted roadmaps for action, in order to contribute to the effective implementation of the recommendations and the EU standards on whistleblowing in general.
  • The project team plans to elaborate “info-kits” with the reporting channels and protection measures for potential whistleblowers and the general public to increase their understanding on such measures. Further to this, the project team will organise targeted online workshops to further disseminate the information.

  • A public campaign is expected to help reach a greater audience with the objective to make the information available for more people, and importantly, to promote a positive perception of whistleblowers.


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Hay Derecho Foundation (FHD): FHD has a longstanding experience in the field of whistleblowers protection. It has  been at the forefront of research and advocacy work in the field, acting as an “umbrella organisation” bringing together policy makers, civil society organisations and academia.



The University of Murcia (UMU), represented by the Good Governance and Public Integrity Chair: UMU leads the analytical work of the project and provides support to the elaboration of training materials. The Good Governance and Public Integrity Chair brings to the consortium a track-record in successfully  linking together public institutions, academia and the business community in activities seeking to promote  a culture of democracy and integrity and support the protection of whistleblowers.



Nova University of Lisbon (UNL), represented by the Nova Compliance Lab under the Nova School of Law: UNL is responsible for undertaking the main activities towards Portugal. UNL has at the core of its mission to connect academia, civil society, the public and private sectors, and to transmit knowledge between Portugal  and Spain. UNL also leads the analytical study in Portugal and the activities regarding the iberian network.


Associated partners

Valencian Antifraud Agency (AVAF): AVAF is the Spanish territorial antifraud agency with the longest track record of protecting whistleblowers. Their participation is key to achieve the project objectives, as they have gathered the most useful knowledge and experience in the field. In particular,  AVAF´s Analysis and Research Department will provide targeted data to the analytical study. During the implementation of the project AVAF will provide targeted support to several activities (data for the study, findings validation, best practices sharing within the Iberian network, and methodology and material for the infokit and workshops).  AVAF  has been identified as the best practice in the fight against corruption in Spain by the European Commission´s Handbook of good practices in the fight against corruption (2023), P.182. It is part of the Network of European Integrity and Whistleblowing Authorities (NEIWA). The report, Who protect whistleblowers? (NEIWA, 2022), which includes an overview of the competences of the members of the network, recognised that AVAF has the greatest set of competences for the protection of whistleblowers among the network.