14 Feb 2017
Commercial mediation set to increase in Moldova with the launch of new project
14 February 2017
CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) has been awarded a 24 month contract by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova to implement a commercial mediation throughout the court system and the private sector.
Sponsored by the UK Government’s Good Governance Fund, the project builds on the successes and momentum achieved through a 3 year EBRD-funded project culminating in the passing of a revised Mediation Law, founding of the country’s first Mediation Centre based within the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, piloting commercial mediation in three first instance and one appellate-level court and the training of Moldova’s first court-mediators who have pioneered the use of alternative dispute resolution within the country.
The objective of the third phase of this European Bank for Reconstruction and Development-funded project (sponsored by UKAID) is to assist the Government of Moldova in enabling the use of mediation in the civil justice system to resolve business disputes in order to reduce the negative effects of litigation, and to benefit the economy and people of Moldova.
Key project partners include the Ministry of Justice, the Superior Council of Magistracy, the National Institute of Justice, the Mediation Council and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Main activities will include:
- Expanding mediation -services into the reorganised court system
- Training and assessment of a further 30 individuals for CEDR’s internationally recognised mediator accreditation to staff court-based mediation activities
- Developing sub-legislative and regulatory frameworks relating to mediation
- Training of mediation trainers
- Developing mediation curriculum for the judiciary and universities
- Supporting the Mediation Centre at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Vladimir Cebotari, Minister of Justice, Government of Moldova, said “The Government’s expansion and institutionalisation of alternative dispute resolution is a priority for the next phase of Moldova’s justice sector reform. Having been impressed with the results of previous alternative dispute resolution projects, the Ministry is delighted to once again be partnering with the EBRD and CEDR in this task.”
Kim O’Sullivan, EBRD Operation Leader, “The project, implemented by EBRD’s legal transition team, supports reform-minded governments in their efforts to increase transparency and good governance in the countries where EBRD operates. Commercial mediation is one of the key instruments for well-governed economies. It has the potential to ease the pressure on courts overloaded with cases and to offer businesses a faster and cheaper access to justice. The Law on Mediation adopted in Moldova in 2015 is making strides in the right direction and, with this project, the EBRD is helping to promote the use of mediation in business disputes in the country.”
Lucy Joyce OBE, UK Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, commented “I am pleased that the UK is helping to introduce the practice of alternative dispute resolution in Moldova as a means toprovide a quicker and easier way to resolve disputes. This will also reduce the burden on the courts, which should mean that other cases can be resolved more quickly and access to justice will be increased”
Andrzej Grossman, CEDR’s Project Director, said “We are delighted that the Ministry of Justice and the EBRD have once again partnered with CEDR to institutionalise the development of alternative dispute resolution in Moldova which will play a key role in promoting justice reform efforts as well as providing wider economic and social benefits.”
For more information about the Good Governance Fund: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/call-for-proposals-good-governance-fund-strategic-support-fund
CEDR is a not-for-profit body, founded in 1990, that campaigns for better resolution of disputes and management of conflicts. CEDR’s innovative initiatives promote awareness of the need for more effective leadership in collaboration and dialogue and how to achieve it.
CEDR is Europe’s largest independent Alternative Dispute Resolution service for both commercial and consumer disputes handling 8,000 to 10,000 cases a year.
CEDR is the leading negotiation and conflict management trainer internationally in the field and its acclaimed Mediator Skills Training course has been undertaken by over 7000 mediators in 70 countries.
The CEDR Foundation consults globally on Civil Justice reform and helps business develop conflict management systems.
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Andy Rogers, CEDR, +44(0)20 7536 6000, firstname.lastname@example.org