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European Parliament Launches Survey to Collect Information on Mediation

The European Parliament has launched a questionnaire (Assessing the Impact of the EU Mediation Directive and Exploring Legislative and Non-Legislative Measures to Encourage the Use of Mediation in EU Member States) to gather information about mediation legislation for civil and commercial cases in EU member states, and to explore why mediation is not being as widely used as expected. Based in part on the answers to this questionnaire, a report will be presented to the European Parliament by the end of November with a series of proposals to foster mediation use across the EU. This is a significant information-gathering effort, and we will cover the report’s findings here and in Alternatives. Readers and CPR members with knowledge of mediation in Europe are encouraged to complete the survey.

The 2008 EU Directive (Directive 2008/52/EC) on Certain Aspects of Mediation in Civil and Commercial Matters requires mediation and ADR procedures for cross-border disputes.