The European Commission is currently examining the situation of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for business-to-business disputes in the EU.  In order to correctly analyse possible problems businesses face in relation to ADR and assess the possible need to improve awareness, coverage and quality of ADR, the Commission is inviting businesses to share their experiences and opinions.

The EC is reflecting whether SMEs need cheaper, quicker and more effective ways to sort out disputes other than the court systems currently provided.  A positive effect could be that a significant amount of disputes would not have to go to court, if businesses had more effective and efficient out-of-court redress systems to turn to.

Using ADR to resolve disputes would have positive financial consequences for businesses- it is likely to be cheaper, quicker and less complicated than the court systems,  allowing businesses to concentrate on their core business and not loose time, money and effort in litigation.

The Enterprise Europe Network in the East of England is coordinating the responses to this consultation and will relay all feedback to the European Commission.  The results of the consultation will provide a valuable contribution to future policies on ADR.

In order to have your say and get your opinions heard please complete the short questionnaire below.  The deadline to complete the questionnaires is 5th March 2012


The results of the consultation will provide a valuable contribution to future policies on ADR.  Businesses can contribute to the consultation by completing a short questionnaire on http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EENADRConsultation