Marta Andreasen, suspended as Head of the Commission's accounts department for openly criticising the system as being open to fraud. (Photo: EU Parliament)
Term used to describe those civil servants who go public with information on wrongdoings or irregularities within the institution they work for.
On 15th March 1999, the Santer Commission stepped down after a civil servant, Paul van Buitenen, revealed that there had been severe mismanagement of EU funds.


See also Marta Andreasen, Dorte Schmidt-Brown, Dougal Watt and Censure.