The e-medi@te project will last 24 months and it plans to create a training model that could be replicated, in order to professionalize and facilitate the use of mediation in the EU by training law professionals and/or individuals who are interested in mediation matters, on specific dedicated skills (mediation techniques, civil mediation, e-Justice tools, linguistic competencies) in mediation system. It’s in accordance with the Stockholm Programme, in particular with the ambition to involve a substantive number of professionals by 2015 in a European Training Scheme. It’s also compliant with the Dir. 2008/52/EC that promote further the use of mediation and the Dir. IP/2008/628 that obliges Member States to encourage the training of mediators.

Within the project, great relevance has been given to the role of the Academics who, through the comparative research, will help to set common standards for mediation inside UE. In this way, the cooperation and sharing of know-how among law professionals from EU countries in the field of ADR, will be fostered improving also the contacts, exchange of information and networking between judicial and administrative authorities and the legal professions. In this way, the project contributes to create a genuine European area of “mild law” in civil matters where ADR system is a considerable instrument to prevent disputes arising even between people coming from different cultures, traditions, religions and juridical systems. Thus helping Individuals to assert their rights throughout EU in a more agile way avoiding costs and traumas.

For e-Medi@te project, a new concept of a multitasks web platform has been thought. This multi tasks information system centralizes itself different aspects related to the mediation system and is able to cope with multiple demands. It allows a multi-disciplinary training to professionalize and reinforce the mediator role exploiting the e-learning technologies. In this way it will be possible put together trainers and trainees all over UE avoiding travel and pollution costs. Through technology is also possible enable the access to a very wide audience and is perfectly suited for those who do not have the possibility of attending lessons, seminars or conferences enabling an active participation of those to whom training is addressed.

Since mediation is a very specialised topic, a Scientific Committee is needed with the specific aim to coordinate, harmonise and guarantee perfectly fitted training courses by defining the content of the matters to be discussed during the training sessions, and the structure of the modules. An important role is played by the technological partner, who lead the technical check the coordination and following of the lessons upload. Two cycles of lessons are foreseen. The first one is based on the scientific commission’s programme proposal and will be followed by an open forum, where all the users can leave comments, ask for details and deepening, expose their training needs, schedule some direct “e-consult” with the teachers.

Afterword, on the basis of the needs and interest collected on the forum, the second cycle of lessons will foreseen an update of modules and contents, taking in account all the possible suggestions coming from the users to better fit the professionals needs. The undeniable and tangible benefits of it, encourage and feed the development of a long-lasting networking activities that will lead to cooperation on future projects focusing on training of mediators, implementation of ODR and awareness among citizens. The cooperation established will strengthen the European dimension of the organizations involved and will enrich the debate on ADRs, opening it to new approaches.