The evaluation of the Mediation Directive (2008/52) shows that overall, the Directive has provided EU added value. By raising awareness amongst national legislators of the advantages of mediation, the implementation of the Mediation Directive has had a significant impact on the legislation of several Member States. However, certain difficulties were identified concerning the functioning of the national mediation systems in practice. These difficulties are mainly related to the lack of a mediation "culture" in Member States, insufficient knowledge of how to deal with cross-border cases, the low level of awareness of mediation and the functioning of the quality control mechanisms for mediators.
Read the full text of the REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE on the application of Directive 2008/52/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters