Internal Reporting System (VOS)
Reporting breaches of law per Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019 on the protection of persons who report breaches of EU law.
In accordance with Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019 on the protection of persons who report breaches of EU law (hereafter 'the Directive'), the Institute of History of the Czech Academy of Sciences (hereafter 'IH CAS') has authorized persons to receive and investigate reports of breaches of law (hereafter 'authorized persons').
Reporting breaches of law
Reports may be submitted by natural persons only, who in their work or related activities learn of a breach of law as defined by the Directive. A complete list of laws falling within the scope of the Directive can be found on the website of the Ministry of Justice.
Persons reporting a breach of law (whistleblowers) should, in light of the circumstances, have a compelling reason to believe that the information they are reporting or disclosing is authentic and truthful. It is impermissible to deliberately report false information. Whistleblowers must act in the public interest and in good faith, confident that the information they are reporting is based on reliable facts. In accordance with the Directive, whistleblowers may report breaches of law through the IH CAS communication channels listed below.
IH CAS ensures absolute protection of whistleblowers' personal data and information contained within submitted reports. Furthermore, it guarantees absolute protection from retaliation on the part of IH CAS.
Communication with competent persons
Secure email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +420 225 443 252
Write or call to schedule an appointment with the competent person.
Address for written communication:
Historický ústav AV ČR, v. v. i.
190 00 Praha 9
The envelope must be sealed and marked: VOS, NEOTVÍRAT, POUZE DO RUKOU PŘÍSLUŠNÉ OSOBY
If a whistleblower submits a report via another communication channel than those listed here, e.g. via the mailroom or a data mailbox, IH CAS cannot guarantee protection of the identity of the whistleblower or the information contained in the report and submitted in accordance with the Directive.
Every report of a breach of law must be marked: VOS, NEOTVÍRAT, POUZE DO RUKOU PŘÍSLUŠNÉ OSOBY
Other communication channels may be used to report a suspicion of a breach of law at IH CAS.
External reporting system of the Ministry of Justice
In accordance with the Directive, the whistleblower is entitled to submit a report by means of public disclosure.
Any suspicion of a breach of a law (or criminal activity in general) must be reported to the competent national authorities, such as the Police of the Czech Republic or the Public Prosecutor's Office (see § 158, paragraph 2 of the Civil Code and § 16a of the Public Prosecutor Act), as only these bodies have the necessary capacities and powers to assess the objective element of the crime or crimes alleged in the report.