EU Topic - Mediation

Supporting mediation within the EU 

Mediation is an alternative method of conflict resolution. It has numerous advantages and makes it possible to avoid the torments of court proceedings that are necessarily long, complex and costly.

This is why the European Union encourages amiable dispute settlement through mediation. To this end it adopted Directive 2008/52/EC which seeks to facilitate access to alternative dispute resolution and to promote the amicable settlement of disputes by encouraging the use of mediation and by ensuring a balanced relationship between mediation and judicial proceedings.

The CNUE follows this work closely. Indeed, in many European countries, notaries can act as mediators. By their very nature, notaries can play a crucial role in mediation proceedings. As confidants for families and advisors of businesses, they can put all their listening skills and professional legal expertise to the service of conflict resolution.

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