The first meeting on conducting monitoring of the conciliation mechanism under the European Union-Council of Europe Joint Project on “Promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution in Turkey” was held online on 16 September 2021 with the participation of the Directorate General for Criminal Affairs (DGCA) of the Ministry of Justice, the Council of Europe project team and national and international consultants.
In the meeting, the team of consultants who will contribute to conducting monitoring of the conciliation activities within the scope of the Conciliation component of the project were introduced. Moreover, information was given on the scope of the activities, the work plan and the division of labour. The meeting provided the opportunity for the Ministry of Justice and consultants to come together and share their expectations regarding the activities to be carried out to provide a comprehensive examination of implementation of conciliation mechanism and practical application of existing regulations and identify actions for the improvement of the conciliation mechanism, if needed.
Activities to ensure the monitoring of the conciliation mechanism in Turkey will consist of research, on-site monitoring visits and surveys. In this context, the activity will start by consultants’ developing a methodology / tools for the monitoring of the conciliation mechanism. Subsequently, on-site monitoring visits will be carried out in Istanbul, Ankara and Adana with the participation of local and international consultants, and a survey will be conducted by an independent (external) research company to complement the data collection and analysis process.
The Joint Project on “Promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Turkey” is co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe. The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Turkey – Directorate General for Criminals Affairs and Directorate General for Legal Affairs are the end beneficiaries of the Project. The Central Finance and Contracts Unit is the contracting authority.