Bank of Lithuania internal channel for reporting breaches
The Bank of Lithuania (LB) employees, former employees of LB, also persons, who have contractual relationship with LB can report breaches committed at LB.
Breaches are reported with the aim of protecting the public interest. Information provided so as to defend exclusively personal interests will not be deemed as a report on a breach.
According to the procedure established in the Republic of Lithuania Law on the Protection of Whistle-blowers and other legal acts, security and aid measures and incentives may apply to whistle-blowers.
YOU CAN REPORT ON:
a criminal or administrative offence, infringement of work duties, serious breach of mandatory professional ethics rules, or other breaches of laws, presenting a threat to or violating public interest that are likely to take place, or have taken place or are taking place at LB of which you became aware due to your existing or previous work or contractual relationships with LB.
BREACHES CAN BE REPORTED:
- directly to the Information Security and Corruption Prevention Division of the Security Department at the Bank of Lithuania (Totorių g. 4, Vilnius) in person, or by post to the indicated address (the letter should be addressed to the Information Security and Corruption Prevention Division of the Security Department at the Bank of Lithuania and bear the inscription “Report”);
- by sending information via a designated email address ([email protected]);
- by completing an online questionnaire at LB website or the intranet http://mano.lb.lt.
OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:
The Republic of Lithuania Law on the Protection of Whistle-blowers (hereinafter – the Law) sets forth safeguards for whistle-blowers reporting on breaches in institutions with which they have or had employment or contractual relationships. The Law also sets forth the rules and obligations of whistle-blowers, the manner and grounds for their legal protection, also incentives, security and aid measures, which apply to them so as to provide suitable conditions to report on breaches of legal acts that present a threat to or violate public interest and ensure prevention and disclosure of these breaches.
In accordance with the Law, breaches are reported due to the following:
- risks to public security and health, life or health of a person;
- risk for the environment;
- impediment or illegal influence to investigations carried out by law enforcement authorities or courts that enforce laws;
- illegal financing of activities;
- illegal and non-transparent use of public funds and assets;
- illegal acquisition of assets;
- concealment of the effects of a committed breach, interference with the assessment of their extent;
- other breaches.
Breaches can be reported in the following ways:
- in the institution via the internal channel for reporting breaches;
- directly to the competent authority (the Prosecutor’s Office);
The following documents have been approved by Resolution No 1133 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 14 November 2018 on the implementation of the Law on the Protection of Whistle-blowers:
- Description of procedure for incentives to whistle-blowers for valuable information;
- Description of procedure for compensation to whistle-blowers for experienced adverse effects or possible consequences due to whistle-blowing;
- Description of procedure for establishing internal channels for reporting breaches and ensuring their functioning.
The Board of the Bank of Lithuania approved a Description of Procedure for Reporting and Handling Information on Breaches in the Bank of Lithuania by Resolution No 03-125 of 25 June 2019 (hereinafter – the Description) that sets forth the procedure for reporting breaches that are likely to take place, or have taken place or are taking place at LB, receiving reports via internal reporting channels, assessing reports, informing the whistle-blower and taking decisions.
A whistle-blower is not subject to any contractual or non-contractual liability, also liability due to defamation and slander, if the whistle-blower reported a breach under the procedure established in the Law, reasonably believing to be submitting correct information.
The whistle-blower is liable for damages incurred as a result of whistle-blowing only if it is proven that the whistle-blower had no reason to believe to be submitting correct information.
In accordance with the Law, knowingly submitting false information or a state or professional secret does not grant a whistle-blower any guarantees. The whistle-blower, who submitted false information or disclosed a state or professional secret, is liable according to the procedure laid down in legal acts.