Euro Mediation

Alternative Dispute Resolution at the European Community Level

     
 

1993 December

Brussels European Council Meeting

Agreed remit of Sixth Intergovernmental Conference to review the Treaty of the European Union (the Maastricht Treaty of February 1992)

1997 October

Treaty of Amsterdam

Treaty resulting from the Sixth IGC concluded. Includes provisions in the field of judicial cooperation in civil matters.

1998 March 30

Commission Recommendation

Commission Recommendation on the principles applicable to the bodies responsible for out-of-court settlement of consumer disputes 

1998 December 3

Action Plan

Justice and Home Affairs Council Action Plan includes proposals for judicial cooperation in civil matters.

1998 December

European Council Meeting at Vienna

Approval of Action Plan.

1999 May 1

Treaty of Amsterdam

Treaty comes into force.

1999 October

European Council Meeting at Tampere, Finland

Determines that “Alternative, extra-judicial procedures should … be created by Member States”.

2000 March 22

European Extra-Judicial Network (EEJ-NET)

Commission Working Document

2000 September

European Extra-Judicial Network (EEJ-NET)

Commission presents a proposal for a decision establishing the network

2001

Commission Affirmation

Affirmation by the Commission of the rights of consumers to access to ADR

2001 February 1

FIN-NET

Press Release on launch of FIN-NET

2001 April 4

Commission Recommendation

Commission Recommendation on the principles for out-of-court bodies involved in the consensual resolution of consumer disputes

2001 May 28

European Judicial Network (EEJ-NET)

The Council reaches the Council decision on the EEJ-NET

2001 November 27

SOLVIT

Commission Communication on Effective Problem Solving in the Internal Market

2002 March 1

SOLVIT

The Council endorses the SOLVIT scheme

2002 April 19

Green Paper on alternative dispute resolution in civil and commercial law COM(2002) 196 final

2002 April 19

Green Paper

Commission forwards Green Paper to Parliament

2002 April - October

Consultation on Green Paper

Summary of Responses

Individual Published responses:

AEB

CEDR

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

CPR

Law Society of England & Wales

Law Society for Scotland

2002 September 17

FIN-NET

Press Release on Commission moves to prepare extension of FIN-NET financial services complaints network to future Member States

2002 May 1

Council Regulation (EC) No 743/2002

Established a general Community framework of activities to facilitate the implementation of judicial cooperation in civil matters

2002 July 1

Reference to Committees

The President of Parliament announces that he has referred, for their opinions, the Green Paper to:

-         the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market as the committee responsible

-         the Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs,

-         the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs,

-         the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy (C5‑0284/2002)

2002 September

FIN-NET

European Commission publishes consumers' guide to FIN-NET

2002 October 29

ADR Group Debate on Green Paper Proposals

Transcript of debate between John Redwood MP and Stephen York versus Keith Vaz MP and Quentin Smith on proposals.

2002 November 1

View of UK Government

Baroness Scotland writes to the Select Committee on European Scrutiny stating the Government’s view that the regulation of ADR is to be avoided, and that this view is broadly supported by the other UK respondents to the Green Paper who have copied their replies to the Minister.

2002 December 11

Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the Green Paper

Opinion on the Green Paper

2003 February 19

Opinion of the Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs

Opinion on the Green Paper

2003 February 21

Report of the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market

Report on the Green Paper

2003 February 21

Public Hearing on Green Paper in Brussels

Agenda

2003 March 12

Green Paper - European Parliament Resolution

Resolution on the Commission's Green Paper

2004 July 2

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct launched at Conference in Brussels

2004 October 22

Draft Directive on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters

Draft published

CEDR Commentary on Draft

ASA Response

CCBE Response

2004 October 25

Draft Directive on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters

Press Release

2004 October 28 Draft Directive on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters submitted to Presidency

Annex to Draft

2004 November 16

2004 November 29 Draft Directive on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters

Opinion of Legal Service on the Draft Directive. Only a heavily redacted version is in the public domain.

2005 June 9

Report of the the European Economic and Social Committee

Report on the Directive

2005 June 23 Report of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Report on the Directive

2005 July 29 Presidency Revises Draft Directive on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters

Revised Draft published

2005 September 14

Draft Directive on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters

Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament discuss the draft proposal

2005 November 8

Presidency Further Revises Draft Directive on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters

Revised Draft published

2005 December 1

Council consideration of Draft Directive on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters

The Council reached common understanding on the text of a draft Directive on mediation in civil and commercial matters, subject to the definition of cross-border crisis and the application of the principle of subsidiarity.

2006 April 20 Public Hearing of JURI on Draft Directive

Agenda

Paper - Richard Butler

Supplementary Paper - Richard Butler

2006 June 1

Council consideration of Draft Directive on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters

Expected date for debate or examination of draft.

2006 September 6

JURI Rapporteur - Draft Directive

The JURI Rapporteur, Arlene McCarthy, produces Report and Draft Directive for approval of Parliament

2006 December 20

Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament to consider draft directive

Report scheduled for adoption in Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, 1st or single reading - Agenda and Amendments to Draft Directive

2007 March 23

Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament to consider draft directive

Report scheduled for adoption in Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament - Report

2007 March 29 European Parliament - European Parliament legislative resolution on first reading on the proposed directive. Significant changes (33 amendments) made to Commission draft. Adopted Text
2007 March 29 European Commission - Indicates partial agreement with adopted text.
2007 November 5

Agreement under co-decision procedure - A communication from the Chairman of the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs to the Chairman of the Permanent Representatives Committee confirms agreement.

2007 November 8/9

Council reaches common position - The Council (Justice and Home Affairs) reached political agreement on a common position. Reasons

2008 February 11

Invitation to permanent representatives - The Permanent Representatives Committee is therefore invited to suggest that the Council adopt the common position. Text

2008 March 7 Commission confirms common position - communication from the Commission to the Parliament confirms agreement to common position.
2008 March 12 European Parliament - Recommendation for second reading
2008 April 14 European Parliament - Tabled report for second reading
2008 April 23 European Parliament - Resolves to approve common position
2008 May 23 Directive 2008/52/EC
2011 May 21 Member states required to give effect to Directive 2008/52/EC