29-11-2016 16:30
Workshop on The Implementation of the Mediation Directive

ASP 5E2, Brussels
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On 29 November 2016 the Committee on Legal Affairs held a Workshop on ‘The Implementation of the Mediation Directive’. Directive 2008/52/EC on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters came into force on 13 June 2008 and aims at facilitating access to alternative dispute resolution and amicable settlement of disputes.

Mediation can provide acost-effective and quick extrajudicial resolution of disputes in civil and commercial matters through processes tailored to the needs of the parties. The Mediation Directive was the first measure to encourage mediation in civil andcommercial disputes, but following its adoption, further work related to mediation has been carried out at EU level, including Directive 2013/11/EU on alternative dispute resolution and Regulation (EU) No 524/2013 on online dispute resolution.
According to Article 11 of the Mediation Directive, the Commission is required to submit a report to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee on the application of the Directive. Against this background, the workshop brought together Members of the European Parliament and a number of experts, practitioners and academics with a view to discussing the state of implementation of Directive 2008/52/EC.