The 4th meeting of the CEPEJ-GT-MED took place in Strasbourg after its reactivation in early 2017. After having assessed the use of its 2007 mediation Guidelines in the member states (links below), the GT-MED decided in 2017 to develop a set of tools to complement the Guidelines, compiled in the form of a Mediation Development Toolkit. This first version of the toolkit was developed and adopted by the CEPEJ plenary in June 2018. The toolkit was made to be directly usable by member states willing to enhance the use and the quality of mediation, but is also aimed at mediation providers and justice professionals. During their meeting on 12 and 13 November, the GT-MED members continued to develop new tools in order to dynamically complement the existing toolkit, aiming at having them adopted by the CEPEJ Plenary in June 2019.
After an interruption of almost ten years, the CEPEJ working group on mediation (CEPEJ-GT-MED) resumed its work in 2017. During its first mandate, the GT-MED had conducted a study on the impact of the Committee of Ministers' Recommendations concerning family mediation, mediation in criminal matters, alternatives to litigation between administrative authorities and private parties and mediation in civil matters. The GT-MED had also drawn up guidelines in these areas as well as specific measures to ensure effective implementation of these recommendations in Council of Europe member states.
Under its new mandate, the GT-MED remains entrusted to facilitate the implementation of the Recommendations of the Committee of Ministers to Member States concerning mediation and, in particular:
a. assess the impact in the States of the existing CEPEJ Guidelines and update these Guidelines, where appropriate ; To this end, the working group has carried out an impact assessment which allows it to have an overview of the use made of the various Council of Europe tools within Member States and to draw up recommendations for mediation actors and public authorities in order to promote the development of mediation in Europe.
b. draft, if appropriate, further tools aimed to ensure an effective implementation of existing recommendations and guidelines; To this end, the working group is developing a "toolkit" to support the main mediation actors and States with concrete and varied tools on, for example, training and qualification in mediation, access to mediation, awareness-raising of the judiciary, users of justice and the general public, etc. It should be noted that some of these tools are developed jointly with organizations representing the relevant legal professions.
c. contribute, where appropriate, to the implementation of the relevant co-operation programmes.
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CEPEJ working group on mediation (CEPEJ-GT-MED)
- Guidelines for a better implementation of the existing recommendation concerning mediation in penal matters - CEPEJ(2007)13E / 7 December 2007
- Guidelines for a better implementation of the existing recommendation concerning family mediation and mediation in civil matters - CEPEJ(2007)14E / 7 December 2007
- Guidelines for a better implementation of the existing Recommendation on alternatives to litigation between administrative authorities and private parties - CEPEJ(2007)15E / 7 December 2007