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Whistleblowing system

On 1 November 2020, the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs established whistleblowing systems. A new joint system has been established within the Ministry, which serves the Ministry itself, and four of its seven agencies: the Danish Safety Technology Authority, the Dan-ish Appeals Boards Authority, the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and the Danish Maritime Authority. The pre-existing whistleblowing sys-tems serving the Ministry's other three agencies: the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority, the Danish Business Authority and the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority have been continued.

The Ministry's own whistleblowing system

As an employee of the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs itself, the Danish Safety Technology Authority, the Danish Appeals Boards Authority, the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and the Danish Maritime Authority, and as an employee of a partner, you may raise a workplace concern about wrongdoing using the Ministry's whistleblowing system.

Legitimate concerns about wrongdoing include, but are not limited to, criminal offences, serious or repeated breaches of law, including the principles of public administration law or of significant internal policy within the Ministry itself, the Danish Safety Technology Authority, the Danish Appeals Boards Authority, the Danish Patent and Trademark Office or the Danish Maritime Authority, serious interpersonal conflicts in the workplace such as serious harassment, including sexual harassment, and deliberately misleading members of the public or partners.

If you are an employee within the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs including its subordinate entities, your concern should in the first instance be raised with your immediate superior, the Ministry-wide HR organisation or your union representative.

Concerns to be raised within the Ministry's own whistleblowing system must be submitted by email to the whistleblowing mailbox using the link below. If you do not wish to disclose your identity, please take care not to state your name or other personally identifiable information such as your address or telephone number, including in any email attachments. Please also take care not to inadvertently reveal your identity when uploading any files, including documents, video recordings, still images, etc.

Your notification of concern will be treated with discretion to the greatest possible extent, but, if not submitted anonymously, under the applicable rules, it may be subject to the right of public access to information including your name and contact details (phone, email, etc.). This means that persons implicated in your concern may have the right to know your identity. If you wish to contact us in confidence, or if your concern involves confidential or sensitive information, you may contact us by telephone or by letter using the address provided at the bottom of this page (marking the envelope 'Legal Secretariat').

If you raise a concern via the whistleblowing system from a computer connected to the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs' network, or via the link to the whistleblowing system on the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs' website, this may be recorded as part of the general logging of user activities on the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs' network. This can be avoided by entering the website address (https://eng.em.dk/about-us/whistleblowing-system/) in a browser on a private or public computer that is not connected to the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs' network.

Your concern will be processed by the Ministry's Legal Secretariat. When you raise a concern with us, we will consider it as soon as possible during ordinary office hours.

We may need to ask you some questions to clear up any queries before your disclosure can be processed. If you have notified us without stating your identity or contact details, we will only be able to communicate with you by writing to the email address you wrote to us from. It is therefore important that you keep checking your mailbox, and respond to any questions from us.

The whistleblowing system must not be used for raising concerns containing classified information, including information falling within the scope of Ministry of Justice Circular No. 10338 of 17 December 2014 on protection of classified information of common interest to NATO or EU Member States, other classified information and information subject to protection in the interests of security generally ("Safety Circular").

If your concern involves classified information and you believe that this is essential for substantiating your concern, you must contact the Ministry's Legal Secretariat to make the necessary arrangements.

Contact details:

Ministry's own system

Whistleblowing system for external partners, contact:

Whistleblowing system for employees of the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, contact:

Danish Business Authority's system

https://erhvervsstyrelsen.dk/whistleblowerordning-til-anmeldelse-af-forhold-i-forbindelse-med-tilknytning-til-erhvervsstyrelsen

Danish Competition and Consumer Authority's system

https://www.kfst.dk/om-os/whistleblowerordning/

Danish Financial Supervisory Authority's system

https://www.finanstilsynet.dk/Whistleblower