The results of a research study conducted by the European Union with more than 800 experts from the 28 Member States, give evidence of the Italian leadership when it comes to civil and commercial mediation.
In Italy there is an average of 200.000 procedures each year while in other EU countries such as U.K., Germany and Holland, among the best performers, mediations reach only a number of 10.000/year.
EU Parliament Member Arlene Mc Carthy wrote to say that Italy has a mediation system that should be an example for all EU Member States.
The key issue of the new mediation procedure modified by Law Decree 69/2013, that is very welcome by European Union, is that after the first informative meeting, which is nearly free but compulsory in several types of disputes, parties are free to leave the process or can decide to keep mediating.
This particular process makes parties feel comfortable because they know that if they are not happy with the process or the mediator, they can just opt out after the first meeting paying only the administrative fee (€40+VAT) and they can file a law suit even when mediation is established as compulsory.
The Association of Italian Chambers of Commerce (Unioncamere) gave evidence of an increasing number of mediation processes after Law Decree 69/2013 got into force (+84% since september 2013).
There is no doubt that mediation development in Europe is just at the beginning, but the Italian leadership in this field has been once again underlined by EU Institutions.