WASHINGTON, D.C. | April 16, 2021 — U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) will join the 18th edition of the Tax, Law & Lobby Conference on April 20th to give remarks in support of the advancement of whistleblower rights and protections in Romania, Europe, and around the world.
Senator Grassley, a staunch whistleblower advocate, is a member of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus and championed the 1986 amendments to the False Claims Act that turned the federal law into an invaluable tool in the fight against fraud. Senator Grassley has appeared at the National Whistleblower Center’s (NWC) National Whistleblower Appreciation Day celebration in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2015 in support of whistleblowers.
Stephen M. Kohn, NWC’s Chairman of the Board, said: “Senator Grassley is one of whistleblowers’ most ardent defenders. With years of experience advancing whistleblower protections in the U.S. Senate, Senator Grassley is uniquely positioned to speak to the critical importance of whistleblower protections and rewards and will provide key insights into how to push those policies forward.”
The conference will address recently proposed legislation in Romania that transposes the EU’s 2019 Whistleblowing Directive. With this draft law, Romania is the first EU member state to incorporate all of NWC’s recommendations to the EU for the adoption of the Directive.
The conference will be co-hosted by NWC, Business Review and the Romanian Business Leaders Foundation. Additional speakers include Romania’s Minister of Justice, Stelian Ion, Member of the Parliament of Romania, Sebastian Burduja, UBS bank whistleblower, Bradley Birkenfeld, NWC Board Chair, Stephen M. Kohn, and Whistleblowing International Executive Director, Mark Worth.