Alternative Dispute Resolution in Europe
This site helps track the progress of alternative dispute
resolution initiatives in the European Union.
- Over the last seven years, there
has been a great deal of activity at the European community level on the
topic of alternative dispute resolution. This activity was sparked off by
the enlarged competence given to the European community by the Maastricht
Treaty (especially Article 65 of the Amsterdam
Treaty). It is also difficult to resist the thought that the
UNCITRAL Model Law
has had an unspoken influence on developments.
The six main initiatives to date are as follows:
2 The development of the European Extra-Judicial Network (EEJ-NET).
This is essentially a project for the promotion and coordination of national
schemes for the resolution of cross-border consumer disputes by alternative
means. Click here for more
3 The development of a financial services complaints
network (FIN-NET). This project is for
the promotion and coordination other existing schemes for the handling of
complaints arising from cross-border financial services. Click
here for more information.
4 The development of
SOLVIT, designed to provide a
way of resolving disputes arising from the possible misapplication of
Internal Market rules by public administrations in other Member States.
Click here for more
5 The publication and subsequent public consultation
on a green paper on
alternative dispute resolution in civil and commercial law. Click
here for more
6 Last, but arguably most important, the
promulgation of a Directive on
certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters. This completed the EC's labyrinthine legislative processes by
the co-decision procedure (requiring agreement between the Council of
Ministers and the European Parliament) on 21 May 2008. The first link below gives
the stages of its development. Member States must bring the provisions of
the directive into force by 21 May 2011.
For more detail,
click on one of the links below
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